At a time when the U of M is asking for more money from the legislature, the last thing they can afford is bad PR. That's what they'll get after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh talked about their planned 'research' event:
RUSH: Here's a story right up Snerdley's alley. Twin Cities. "The University of Minnesota --" I'm not kidding here "-- is set to hold an event this spring designed to help its female undergraduate students achieve more and greater orgasms. The university’s official online description of the event entitled, 'The Female Orgasm,' describes it as open to both male and female students. 'Orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders are welcome to come learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot,' reads the description posted on the school’s official events calendar. 'Whether you want to learn how to have your first orgasm, how to have better ones, or how to help you girlfriend, Kate and Marshall cover it all…' it adds. 'Are you coming?' it asks.
"The description of the event, which is hosted by the university’s Office of Diversity and Equity's Women's Center," it's a university sponsored event "does not say whether there is an age requirement. While the average age of undergraduates at UMTC is 21, it is not uncommon for students to enroll at the age of 17." By the way, batteries are not included at this event. You have to bring your own.
"A university spokeswoman, Patricia Mattern, however, suggested there is in fact no age requirement in an e-mail statement to Campus Reform on Monday. 'This educational workshop is open to the full university community and participation is voluntary,' she said. ... The program is costing the university $3,406 and is part of the university’s mission of 'research,' she added."
After the laughter about the event dies out, we're left with some serious questions. First, who paid for the University's "Diversity and Equity's Women's Center"? Second, why is the University paying for this type of event? Third, is there a real need for this type of event? Fourth, does holding such an event hurt the University of Minnesota's image as a serious university? Fifth, how many other questionable events are Minnesota taxpayers paying for?
Taught by sex educators Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, the program uses "a mixture of interactive activities, lecture, discussion, multimedia, funny stories and question and answer.”
Notice that it doesn't say anything about professionalism or seriousness. Then again, it probably isn't expected.