Planned Parenthood will be hosting a panel discussion titled, "The Vaginas are Coming," at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, to kick off a counter protest against pro-life activists, and will feature 12 billboard-sized photographs of women's vulvas on Thursday and Friday.
Feminist and LGBT student groups are the primary sponsors of the counter protest, which includes a display they are describing as, "Re-envisioning the Female Body," in which photographs expose women's nude bodies that are posed in a position similar to a gynecological examination.
The organizer's Facebook page announcing the event states that: "The idea and focus of this demonstration formed in response to the gruesome images brought to UC's campus by the Genocide Awareness Project. Their billboard sized photographs equated mutilated fetuses with genocide victims in an effort to shame women, comparing reproductive choice to holocaust."
It continues: "The images will be accompanied by posters sharing quotes from the models and from others about decisions that are made by us or taken from us concerning our bodies in areas of health care, queer sex, birth and abortion ...."
Mark Harrington, executive director of Created Equal, a social action movement that aims to end abortion, told The Christian Post that he's not surprised that Planned Parenthood is taking an active role in the counter protest.
"Planned Parenthood has increasingly become identified with the radical pro-abortion elements of their movement," he said. "This gives us more reason to argue that Planned Parenthood does not deserve to receive our tax dollars."
Harrington, who attends pro-life rallies with members of his team, including events on college campuses, said that he usually sees counter protests organized by an "ad hoc group from the women's studies or feminist student groups." He added that they rarely encounter organized outside groups.
"It's typically students," he continued. "However, sometimes the radical pro-abortion groups who escort at the clinics or the gay rights groups from off campus come onto campus. They tend to be quite vile, vulgar, and offensive in word and deed. There have been times when we've had the signs vandalized."
Sex Week at Yale University
Yale University's annual "sex week" came to a close last weekend, and was comprised of a series of lectures and workshops where students were able to text their answers to survey questions about incest, bestiality, consensual pain during sex, and whether they had ever accepted money in exchange for sex.
During a workshop titled, "Sex: Am I Normal," with Jill McDevitt, who has a Ph.D. in human sexuality, and describes herself as being a "sexologist," sex educator and sexual rights advocate, "nine percent of attendees reported having accepted payment for sex in the past," according to The Yale Daily News. "Other survey responses revealed that three percent of attendees had engaged in bestiality, 22 percent had never had a sexual partner, 12 percent have filmed themselves during intercourse and 52 percent have engaged in consensual pain during intercourse."
Among the seminars during sex week, was a discussion about masochistic acts, like those described in the book, 50 Shades of Grey.
However, not everyone agrees with the Ivy League's enthusiasm for over-sexualizing young students.
"The sexual revolution has promoted in our culture the idea of sex as recreation, or self-expression, or psychological fulfillment," said Robert P. George, professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and co-author of the book, What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense.
According to George, who's also a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the sexual revolution "has presented sex as something in itself desirable, quite apart from its marital context," which he believes has led to a debasing sexuality.
"The noble vision of sexuality we find not only in Jewish and Christian traditions, but in other traditions, and in the thoughts of the greatest non-Christian thinkers – Plato to Gandhi – has been obscured," George said.
"The net result," he continued, "is that for a great many of our young people, sex is overrated and undervalued."
"It's true value, which is inseparable from the marital context, is hidden from them," George said. "This is not their fault. It's the fault of their parents' generation – the so-called 'Me generation' – whose vision of life was summed up in the imbecilic doctrine of 'if it feels good do it.'"