Sex Week Programming

Sex Week is an annual set of programs hosted by Peer Health Educators and occurring in the spring.

As Peer Health Educators, we recognize that sex means many things for different people. We aim to normalize the fact that everyone experiences sex differently.

We are excited to celebrate Sex Week 2022 with the Bates community!

What we find important is that even though sex isn’t a part of everyone’s lives, it shouldn’t be seen as shameful.

During Sex Week we strive to make sure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable in conversations surrounding sex and sexuality.

Below, you’ll find previous years’ schedules. If you are interested in helping to plan Sex Week or have an idea for next year’s Sex Week, please reach out to peerhealth@bates.edu.

Sex Week 2022 Schedule: March 7-11

Monday 3/7

‘Feel it Out’ Exploration Tables

7:00pm, Chase Hall Lobby

Do you know how to use a condom? What about a dental dam? Do you have questions about long-acting contraception options at Bates, like IUDs or the implant? Maybe you’re thinking about buying a sex toy, but you’re not sure where to begin? Our exploration tables will have samples and models for you to interact with, hosts to answer your questions, and informational materials for you to take with you! Right outside Memorial Commons on your way to Sex Trivia!

Sex Week Trivia

 7:30pm, Memorial Commons

Think you know a lot about sexual health? Think you don’t know anything about sexual health? We’ll ask questions, you’ll guess answers, and everyone will leave knowing more about how to keep your body healthy and ready for safer sex. We’ll talk about contraceptives, STI testing at Bates Health Services, and how to have the best and safest sex possible. There might even be some prizes and free food.

RSVP form available soon!

Tuesday 3/8

Exploring the Spectrum

6:00pm, OIE Lounge

This program will provide a space for informal conversation(s) and questions about (a)sexuality and the diversity of sexual orientations. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding amongst students about (a)sexuality and the spectrum of sexuality, and how they are experienced on campus so that (a)sexuality becomes more prominent in conversations, programming, and campus-based initiatives about sex, sexuality, and sexual health. Led by Peer Health Educators and SPARQ Peer Mentors.

Wednesday 3/9

Sexual Health Experts Panel

7:00-8:15 PM, Commons 221/222

What questions do you have for professionals who work in the sexual health field? Join us for an expert panel comprised of doctors, nurses, therapists, and other professionals to answer questions about pleasure, healthcare, and anything else you have questions about! Bring your curiosity! 

Take-home STI Test Kits

Available throughout campus

When was the last time you got tested? Routine STI screenings are an important part of maintaining your sexual health, if you are sexually active and especially if you have multiple partners. The CDC recommends yearly testing for those under age 25, so Peer Health and Bates Health Services are making it easy! Pick up one of our at-home tests, read the instructions, and drop off your sample at BHS to be tested. 

Thursday 3/10

Welcome to the ‘Masturbation Station’

7:00pm, Commons 221

This student-hosted presentation will discuss all things self-pleasure! From the history of masturbation, to the many ways our society has stigmatized self-pleasure, to the ways our modern culture handles porn and other depictions of sex, this program will get it all out in the open.  

Friday 3/11

Sex Week A Capella Concert

9:00pm, Memorial Commons

Back by popular demand, and we are so excited! Join us to close out Sex Week on a celebratory note with the Bates a capella groups you know and love singing some special, sexy numbers. Co-hosted by CAT, RSVP on Bates Engage.

Sex Week 2021 Schedule: April 7-9

Wednesday 4/7

Not Your High School Sex Ed

7 -8 PM, Pettengill G52

What did you learn in high school sex ed? More to the point, what did you not learn? Join the Peer Health Educators in a conversation about pleasure, anatomy, and all the different ways you can have sex with yourself and with a partner! The goal of the program is to not only normalize conversations about sexuality and different sex practices, but to also provide a safe space where these conversations can happen openly and honestly. Submit your questions anonymously ahead of time through this survey. Prizes will be available for participants!

What Is Sex Positivity?

Social Media Spotlight

Follow us on Instagram @batespeerhealth for information about what sex positivity means and how to practice it! Also keep an eye out for stickers and posters throughout the week!

Thursday 4/8

(A)Sexuality: An Informal Conversation

4 – 5 PM, Ronj Thunderdome

This program will provide a space for informal conversation(s) and questions about (a)sexuality. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding amongst students about (a)sexuality and the spectrum of sexual orientations, and how they are experienced on campus so that (a)sexuality becomes more prominent in conversations, programming, and campus-based initiatives about sex, sexuality, and sexual health. Led by Peer Health Educators.

Take-home STI Test Kits

All day, Underhill Testing Center and Pettengill Lobby

When was the last time you got tested? Routine STI screenings are an important part of maintaining your sexual health, if you are sexually active and especially if you have multiple partners. The CDC recommends yearly testing for those under age 25, so Peer Health and Bates Health Services are making it easy! Pick up one of our at-home tests, read the instructions, and drop off your sample at BHS to be tested. And when you drop off your sample, enter a raffle to win a Forage gift card!

Friday 4/9

Sex Week Trivia

8 – 10 PM, Memorial Commons (Chase Hall 133)

Think you know a lot about sexual health? Think you don’t know anything about sexual health? We’ll ask questions, you’ll guess answers, and everyone will leave knowing more about how to keep your body healthy and ready for safer sex. We’ll talk about contraceptives, STI testing at Bates Health Services, and how to have the best and safest sex possible. There might even be some prizes and free food.