Campfield seeks to reconsider UT's budget because of Sex Week co

Campfield seeks to reconsider UT's budget because of Sex Week controversy

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"The function is to make sure people get the chance to speak about their beliefs and also have the chance for other people to listen to them," said Sex Week organizer Jacob Clark (left). "The function is to make sure people get the chance to speak about their beliefs and also have the chance for other people to listen to them," said Sex Week organizer Jacob Clark (left).
"We are not talking about health and safety to do a drag show. What are these issues so important for?" said Sen. Campfield. "We are not talking about health and safety to do a drag show. What are these issues so important for?" said Sen. Campfield.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In April, the University of Tennessee will host the campus's first Sex Week.

The event aims to help students learn more about sex and sexuality and includes pretty much every topic you could think of.

After learning of the schedule of events, State Sen. Campfield wants to reconsider the university's budget, which passed on Wednesday.


View the Sex Week Schedule of Events


Brianna Radar and Jacob Clark wanted to bring Sex Week to UT's campus. The goal is to promote sexual health, pleasure and empowerment.

"The function is to make sure people get the chance to speak about their beliefs and also have the chance for other people to listen to them," said Sex Week organizer Jacob Clark.

Sex Week starts Friday April 5 with an event called "Loud and Queer." All week there will be speakers and discussions.

There are many topics covered, including some controversial topics focusing on sexual pleasure to workshops on sexual violence.

"Sexual health is a fundamentally human experience. It doesn't include just health, it also includes issues of consent, issues of happiness, issues of pleasure and there's something in this program for literally everyone," said Radar.

Sex Week will cost more than $18,000. The event will be paid for mostly by student fees and university money, contributions from academic departments.

Students have different opinions on the money going toward UT's Sex Week.

"I think it's important for college students to learn about sex, know the things that go on and some of the events outlined are very important for college kids to know," said UT student Grant Smith.

"I just think that there are better things to spend the money on than Sex Week," said UT student Cassie Helmboldt.

Sen. Campfield doesn't believe tax dollars should be spent on Sex Week.

"They keep jacking up the fees, saying they need more and more money. If this is what they need the money for, I question it," said Sen. Campfield.

For Sex Week, there will also be entertainment from sex trivia to a drag show.

"We are not talking about health and safety to do a drag show. What are these issues so important for?" said Sen. Campfield. "This is not something that the parents sent their kids to school to learn, this is not even close, we have some serious issues going on at the University of Tennessee."

Sen. Campfield says on Wednesday he is going to make a motion to move to reconsider UT's budget. He'd like to have UT's president back in front of him to answer questions.

UT has no comment.

Organizers of Sex Week say they were glad to have the national attention to raise awareness, but want people to know Sex Week will cover many subjects like how to talk to your doctor about sex and how UT can stop sexual assaults.

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