A Valentine’s Day treat: Sex Fest

Zachary Treseler, Staff Writer

Case Western Reserve University constantly features a smorgasbord of great events that take place on the weekends. This Valentine’s Day weekend is no exception with the much anticipated Sex Fest happening this Friday, Feb. 10.

V, a student coordinator at CWRU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center and the organizer for Sex Fest, describes the event quite simply as, “a sex education event featuring a burlesque performance by Bella Sin.”

Doors for Sex Fest will open at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 and a question and answer period with Sin will start half an hour later. “I hope that with the sex education Q&A, tabling organizations and educational materials combined, I can have a positive impact on the sexual well-being of the campus community,” V mentions.

The Q&A section and sex education component of Sex Fest are components that V takes immense pride in because V is “studying public health and [thinks] that sex education is an extremely important aspect of that, though it is often inaccessible.” V believes that these conversations are necessary because “There are so many people who received abstinence-only sex education, and even more whose sex education wasn’t inclusive of queer people, trans, intersex, and disabled bodies, and safe kink, which are all very important to both sexual enjoyment and health for many people.” 

Beyond engaging in relevant conversations about sex, all attendees who participate in the Q&A session will be entered into a raffle for a free sex toy. When asked about the importance of this prize, V states, “This is also, in my opinion, an important aspect to increasing sexual health and well-being on campus, because we are supplying people with body-safe sex toys, rather than the cheap and potentially harmful toys which are often the most accessible.” 

Following the Q&A, around 8:30 p.m., comes the performance by Sin, who is well known in Cleveland’s burlesque scene. V once saw “them perform at the Kent Stage and thought that their performance was absolutely amazing, so I knew I had to try to book them for the event.” During the event, “[Sin] is also going to be giving a short presentation on burlesque history, with emphasis on a decolonized and queer perspective, which compliments the educational theme of the event very well.” 

And of course, there will be plenty of dancing and free food during Sex Fest.

The event is from 7-11 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 10 in Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. Students can register for the event on the LGBT Center’s CampusGroups page, but the LGBT Center will also be accepting walk-ins who can register at the check-in table.