God & Sex Week at Yale + Goddesses & Fun in LA
Most Yalies and well-read Republicans will know that the title of the first part of this show—“God and Sex Week at Yale”—riffs on famed, conservative, National Review founder William F. Buckley’s 1951 diatribe, “God and Man at Yale,” which is often said to have fired the first shot in the right-wing war on higher education in the arts and sciences.
Basically, they don’t want you to study any other book than the Bible. That sounds like a bad joke, but did you know that in both the Republican and Democratic conventions this year, no other book but the Bible was quoted? No poetry, no prose, no rap, no Shakespeare, no Socrates, no Kahlil Gibran, no Benjamin Franklin. Just the Bible. The Bible’s a great book and all, but there are others, brothers and sisters!
The reactionary right-wing war on liberal arts education reaches its apex when it comes to sex education, which happens to be very popular with students who would like to learn a thing or two about sex. Neocon religious crusaders are on the march at Yale and other campuses, trying to take students back to the sexual Dark Ages. As those of you who know me know, back in 2002, as an alumna, I helped Yale undergraduates start a special elective week of sex education called Sex Week at Yale (SWAY), where students of all kinds could—if they so chose—learn about sex, love and relationships from a wide range of experts, sexperts, professors, porn stars, scientists, sex toymakers, ministers, rabbis, revolutionaries, born-again virgins, and each other. It’s been great—spreading “Sex Week” to college campuses all around the country—and it’s gotten bigger every year at Yale. But then, in 2011 – 2012, partly because of its success and popularity, SWAY came under attack.
I write about this in detail in my Open Letter to Yale President Richard Levin, citing some of the spurious reasons that the man I call President Dick—now on his way out of Yale—scapegoated and censored Sex Week—from a Title IX complaint over on-campus sexual harassment that had nothing to do with SWAY and everything to do with an entrenched, over-privileged fraternity system—to the controversial new Yale in Singapore project, to pressure from extreme, anti-sex, right-wing factions; in particular. one rather new, very conservative group which named itself “Better Yale” (a subjective title, if ever there was one) and then renamed itself “Undergraduates for a Better Yale College (UBYC)”. The letter generated a lot of responses on the blog, including a few from the co-founder of UBYC himself, Yale College senior, Eduardo Andino. Since, like Jesus, I believe in reaching out to those who try to attack me, whenever feasible, I suggested taking this debate to the air, invited Eduardo on the show, and he accepted.
The show starts with Eduardo on the phone from Yale, attempting to explain and defend his extreme right-wing point of view and UBYC’s attacks on Sex Week at Yale. Of course, I counter his specious contentions and reactionary double-speak when necessary, but I also want to give him a chance to give his “side.” Let’s just say I give him more of chance to speak than Bill O’Reilly gave me.
Then I open up the conversation to my in-studio guests, including several prominent “Goddesses,” performers and directors in the adult industry that UYBC so excoriates, as well as our very own Max and Tasia. So, the first 45 minutes is a passionate political discussion about sex education, censorship, religion, repression, rape, abortion, tolerance, empathy and love, and the last 45 provides a serving of sex education, Dr. Suzy style, with generous side orders of humor, spontaneity, eroticism and fun. Our very spiritual, sexual, libational “communion” ritual with the Agwa gods lubricates a quick and easy transition between the two sides of our brain.
We also discuss the recent rioting in the Middle East by Muslims upset over ridiculous depictions of Mohammed in “Innocence of Muslims”—a so-called film that easily has the worst production values of any famous movie in history—made by an anti-Islamic Coptic Christian, financed in part by an American organization called “Media for Christ” and supported by notorious, Koran-burning Christian Pastor Terry Jones. What does “Innocence of Muslims” have to do with sex education on college campuses? Not much, and that’s the point. Anti-sex education crusaders like Eduardo, often say that sex is dangerous. It may be, though education tends to make sex less risky rather than more. And current events prove—pretty vividly—that religion is a lot more dangerous than sex. These folks have been rioting, setting fire to buildings and murdering innocent people—including one of America’s great, truly heroic ambassadors—not over sex, but in the righteous name of God.
Eduardo Andino: Yale College senior and Catholic co-founder of the right-wing UYBC whose express purpose is to attack Sex Week at Yale, I imagine “Eduardo in BonoboVille” feels like “Daniel in the Lion’s Den.” Though we disagree on almost every topic of discussion, from censorship to abortion rights, I appreciate the fact that Eduardo has the courage—though some might call it the folly—to be on my show. For an overview of his opinions—as well as my replies and the responses of other readers—see the comments section of my Open Letter to Yale President Richard Levin or just listen to the show archived at the top of this page (it’s free to listen).
Nicole Aniston: Our first “Goddess” is a self-proclaimed “glutton” for food and sex. Despite all that gorging, she’s supermodel-slim, a banker-turned-AVN-award-winning-porn-star with elegance to counter-balance her wild side. During the “God and Sex Week at Yale” segment, Nicole shares that before entering the world of porn, she was dangerously ignorant about sex, and she is thankful for the education and awareness the industry provided her. In the second half of the show, she strips for us, showing her amazing body as well as her zaniness, trading briefs with Benjamin, and going “bobbing for dildos” and winning a Screaming O!
Ash Hollywood: On our second Goddess’ second visit to the Speakeasy, she reveals that she went straight from college into porn, and wishes she had had better sex education while in school. Raised Episcopalian, this Grace Kelly lookalike now flirts with Satanism, the philosophy of living for yourself. Speaking of her gorgeous naked self, in the show’s sexy second half, she strips down to nothing but pearls before doing shots off of her hot BFF Benjamin and having him do shots off of her.
Benjamin Godfre: This Dr. Susan Block Show virgin, model, video blogger and producer/director is first to speak when I open the discussion to my in-studio guests, asking Eduardo how he feels about “tolerance.” In the second half of the show, he strips down to his assets for us, does Agwa body shots off Ash and Nicole, and the super sexy and very silly panty swap with Nicole. The ladies in the Womb Room say Ben looks just as good in Nicole’s panties as she does!
DJ Heavy Grinder: Since her motto is “Speak through the music… Not through words,” it’s no wonder the chart-topping beauty DJ Heavygrinder, aka Bobbie, is pretty quiet through most of the show, but gives us a taste of her musical talents with a brief spin in the after-party.
Max: Also raised Catholic (though he converted to Judaism), my husband of 20 years reminds Eduardo that the Catholic Church has damaged and destroyed many more innocent people than sex ever has. Max points out that there are many victims of religious abuse which the Block Institute works to heal.
Tasia: The Womb Room hushes when Tasia tells the story of her brutal rape that occurred 16 years ago but still haunts her to this day. She tells it to show why pro-choice is the way to go—how could any moral human expect a woman to bear the child of a rape like that? But Eduardo remains resolute that abortion must not be permitted any woman, even a victim of rape. For more of Tasia’s intensely moving story, see the comments on Open Letter to Yale President Richard Levin
Caller #1 wants to know if it’s ok to masturbate with baby oil. We say sure, if you like it, but never with a condom. On the other hand, “baby oil” or mineral oil is an irritant to many skin types. Ash recommends water based lubes. Nicole and I go for coconut oil. “If you can put it in you, I figure it ok to put on you,” explains gourmand Nicole.
Caller #2 wants to know if cuckolding is ok. Sure it’s ok, as long as all the parties involved are happy. But there are many possible ways in which it could be not ok. Benjamin had a bad experience with a couple that seemed to want to use him as a means to solve their sexual problems. One of our audience members, Kat, a dominatrix, loves cuckolding, though putting men in chastity turns her on even more.
Weapons of Mass Discussion: Sex Week At Yale, Sex Education, The Right-Wing Conservative Movement on College Campuses, Religious Sexual Abuse, Porn, Abortion, Rape, Congressman Todd Akin, “Innocence of Muslims,” Rioting Over Religion, Tolerance, Empathy, Love, First Time Sex, Life Stories, BFFs, Masturbation, Baby Oil, Cuckolding, Bonobos
Performance Erotica: Passionate Discussion, Striptease, Agwa “Communion” Body Shots, Switching Panties, Ripping Underwear, Bobbing For Dildos, Snake Play, Trapeze, Cici Rhodes Visit, Hula-hooping, Sybian Rides
Multiple thanks, kudos and orgasms to the Dr. Susan Block Institute Staff here in BonoboVille for making this show possible.