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  • Pepe Silvia Feb 11, 2013

    "...that very stigmatization (where teens used to be embarrassed to be pregnant) kept people STD-free, prevented teen pregnancy..."

    Actually, no it didn't. It happened all the time but teenage girls who got pregnant were sent away to "boarding school" to hide their pregnancies and then expected to give the babies up for adoption and act like it never happened.

  • independent_thinker Feb 8, 2013

    Duke students making racially insensitive remarks met with "get over it" from folks here.

    Adults seeing or receiving adult toys - get over it - don't go to a forum on sex if you're not willing to hear about sex.

  • ctya Feb 8, 2013

    Some of you may be surpised what your children have. I say room check tonight and see. But don't be suprised. I'm not speaking of college age either.

  • Ex-Republican Feb 8, 2013

    "Some come from very conservative areas and schools and honestly may not know about even the basics." -- Carrboro Youth

    As someone else has already posted, humanity has been reproducing for thousands of years without sex ed and now all of a sudden it's a necessity. " . . . may not know even the basics"!!! What is there to know!

  • tooshkadoo Feb 8, 2013

    "If winning requires having the right answers to not to get pregnant or an STD..........and no, abstinence is not a viable answer....leastways not for almost all normal healthy young people." -Grand Union

    "If" is the keyword. It appears that the sex toys are primarily promotional items (and inappropriate ones at that). I'm pretty sure bingo doesn't require participants to correctly answer a question before they can win; however, I'm not involved with the planning for this event, so who knows. Glad you think a barely adult-age person that's normal has sex.

  • tooshkadoo Feb 8, 2013

    "I think you're missing the point. Nobody is saying that sex toys equate to safe sex. They are, among other prizes, being used to promote attendance at an event intended to provide education about safe sex." - Ken D.

    No, I get it. After all, college student or not, people are quite motivated and interested in free stuff! I just think that for the free stuff and prizes at a public event to include sex toys is ridiculous and inappropriate. Everyone is saying "sex is natural" and "everyone already does it"... ok, that's true, but giving away sex toys is crossing the line as they are for private use and do not increase the educational value of a safe sex event. That's just my opinion though. Of course we all know that anyone against the sex toys aspect of this event is quite a close-minded, Bible obsessed individual (and in case it's not obvious, that was sarcasm).

  • Grand Union Feb 8, 2013

    "How the heck does me winning a sex toy and then using it for some kinky new sex with my boyfriend make me any safer against pregnancy?"

    If winning requires having the right answers to not to get pregnant or an STD..........and no, abstinence is not a viable answer....leastways not for almost all normal healthy young people.

  • Grand Union Feb 8, 2013

    "What would you rather have, a kid with a sex toy or a kid with AIDS?" - FromClayton I would rather have a kid with niether. I guess that makes too much sense though, doesn't it."

    You imagine that you have a choice whether or not your 18 plus year old child has sex????? boy are you going to be disappointed (or lied to convincingly), see its like Catholics and birth control....none of them are supposed to use it but almost all do.

  • moomoo Feb 8, 2013

    Why is this news?

  • kikinc Feb 8, 2013

    I think that the sex toys were just a way to pique people's interests to get them at the event in order for them to learn about safe sex. You invite people to a seminar on safe sex, no one's going. You invite people to bingo with dirty prizes, mad dash to the door.

  • georgecostanza Feb 8, 2013

    'They are to normal people.....what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of your business" What they do in their bedroom isn't my business but selling this under the guise of "safe sex" is a lie.

  • georgecostanza Feb 8, 2013

    What would you rather have, a kid with a sex toy or a kid with AIDS?" - FromClayton
    I would rather have a kid with niether. I guess that makes too much sense though, doesn't it.

  • Ken D. Feb 8, 2013

    "the act of giving away sex toys for prizes does NOT promote safe sex"

    I think you're missing the point. Nobody is saying that sex toys equate to safe sex. They are, among other prizes, being used to promote attendance at an event intended to provide education about safe sex.

    Does sex education work? We can only go by results in the real world to determine that. And the evidence certainly says it does, especially in North Carolina. Rates for STDs and for teen pregnancy continue to drop, and are now at or near their historical lows.

    Claims that teen pregnancy have increased since we stopped relying on abstinence only exhortations are simply not true.

  • That Explains It Feb 8, 2013

    Grand Union, I don't think anyone is looking to you to identify the definition of what is "normal".

  • That Explains It Feb 8, 2013

    grandunion, what would the maximum amount of consenting adults be before you would have a problem with it?

  • hiddentreasurescruecds Feb 8, 2013

    "It's amzing how many folks are missing the point. Nothing in the world is stopping someone from hosting their own sex toy party. The question is why should tax money fund any of this." davework

    It is my understanding that the funds for these types of events come from student fees, not tax dollars.

  • FromClayton Feb 8, 2013

    "What would you rather have, a kid with a sex toy or a kid with AIDS?" - FromClayton

    +1 brilliant.

    davido

    Thanks Davido. We have spent a lot more money on a lot less important stuff. If this gets the interested ones out to the program for a little fun AND education, i'm all about it. Marketing 101 folks: Know your audience.

  • tooshkadoo Feb 8, 2013

    "They are to normal people.....what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of your business. Grand Union February 8, 2013 12:41 p.m."

    Most of the people against this UAB sponsored event are not against what two consenting adults do in the bedroom, they are against a public university giving away sex toys at a public event.

  • tooshkadoo Feb 8, 2013

    cont'd:

    To those saying "if they can get into college, they should know everything they need to about sex", that's an unrealistic assumption. I come from a very rural, conservative hometown and came to college knowing absolutely nothing, besides what my common sense told me, about sex, drugs, and partying. All that being said... the act of giving away sex toys for prizes does NOT promote safe sex. How the heck does me winning a sex toy and then using it for some kinky new sex with my boyfriend make me any safer against pregnancy? How will a toy help that girl not get a STD next time she goes out to experiment? The answer is that they won’t because sex toys do not necessarily equate to safe sex. Sex toys are promoting sex, not an educational aid!

  • tooshkadoo Feb 8, 2013

    “If they want to teach safe sex, that's fine with me. My problem is that they were giving away sex toys. That has nothing to do with safe sex and everything to do with sex. The two are NOT the same. liberalismisadisorder” February 8, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    liberalismisadisorder, I'm a young adult and recent NCSU graduate... and I couldn't agree with you more! It is a great idea for the UAB to have a large-scale event to teach about safe sex to young adults (though many are too immature to have earned the title of "adult"). Most attendees will probably be the 18-19 year olds that live on campus and many are trying out the whole no-mommy-and-daddy-are-here-so-I-can-go-buckwild thing, so having sex educators teaching them how to have safe sex (in a hopefully entertaining yet professional way) is a necessary part of the college experience.

  • bubbba Feb 8, 2013

    They are to normal people.....what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of your business.
    Grand Union
    February 8, 2013 12:41 p.m.
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    This is aint the bedroom.

  • davework Feb 8, 2013

    "They are to normal people.....what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of your business."

    It's amzing how many folks are missing the point. Nothing in the world is stopping someone from hosting their own sex toy party. The question is why should tax money fund any of this.

    I suppose we should be surprised though as the DNC has spiraled to the point where it would feature a 30 something still-in-school clown like Sandra Fluke agrgue that it's some sort of "right" for taxpayers to fund her birth control.

  • Grand Union Feb 8, 2013

    "Frankly, one wonders how for thousands of years humanity survived without sex education and now it is essential for continuation of the species."

    are you really this clueless? for most of mankinds history girls were forcibly married off to older men at puberty and the continuation of the species is not an issue here. Its not getting pregnant during your college years and not getting an STD that you may have for the rest of your life and that may even kill you.
    Now I know in some 1950s biblical fantasy land people don't have sex until they are married but in the real world the vast majority do and most come to no harm whatsoever. Having sex is what normal people do......

  • Grand Union Feb 8, 2013

    "If they want to teach safe sex, that's fine with me. My problem is that they were giving away sex toys. That has nothing to do with safe sex and everything to do with sex. The two are NOT the same."

    They are to normal people.....what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of your business.

  • davework Feb 8, 2013

    davework - "And yet STD rates are soaring: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/healthteam/story/9406052/"

    That article said NOTHING about rates "soaring". Either you misread it or you read into it wanted you wanted to believe.

    You're kidding right? You guys were trying to compare data to the 50's. How do you think those numbers stack up?

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 8, 2013

    They have "Bible Bingo" across the street.

  • Not_Time_Yet Feb 8, 2013

    When momma asked the 14 year old girl how come she didn't listen and got pregnant, the girl replied.

    "Mom, you said not to sleep with the boys, we were not sleeping",...

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 8, 2013

    If they want to teach safe sex, that's fine with me. My problem is that they were giving away sex toys. That has nothing to do with safe sex and everything to do with sex. The two are NOT the same.
    liberalismisadisorder
    February 8, 2013 12:05 p.m.
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    WHats safer? A "BOB" or a guy at school? I think people who see everything as either liberal or conservative is a mind disorder.

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 8, 2013

    18 year olds can only fight in wars not play dirty bingo.

  • georgecostanza Feb 8, 2013

    If they want to teach safe sex, that's fine with me. My problem is that they were giving away sex toys. That has nothing to do with safe sex and everything to do with sex. The two are NOT the same.

  • That Explains It Feb 8, 2013

    Frankly, one wonders how for thousands of years humanity survived without sex education and now it is essential for continuation of the species.

  • Mon Account Feb 8, 2013

    ".yet they need MORE safe sex education. Give me a break." - UntilTheWholeWorldHears

    Many get none or outdated information, or simply get the bible-washed version that passes for 'sex ed' in public schools.

  • Apotheosis Feb 8, 2013

    13 students get upset because 3 cents of their student fees are going towards something with "sex" in the name and here comes WRAL stirring up some drama. This shouldn't make one whit of difference to anyone outside the school, and precious little to the ones in it.

  • UntilTheWholeWorldHears Feb 8, 2013

    Ok. So let me get this straight. These college students (almost always 18 years old and up) are smart enough to get a drivers license, vote in elections that will effect their futures, and be admitted into an institution of higher learning...yet they need MORE safe sex education. Give me a break. If these "students" haven't figured it out by now then we are in more trouble than worrying about dirty bingo. This is just another example of wasting time and money in an effort to be provocative.

  • kikinc Feb 8, 2013

    "To all those who've got their panties in a wad over this one: get a life. Sex education is a good thing."

    Yup. And add the 50-90 crowd in with those that need a little education, too.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57371893-10391704/sexually-transmitted-disease-rates-rise-among-elderly-why/

  • superman Feb 8, 2013

    These kids are in college. If they dont know about sex it is very late in the game to educate them. I am sure they are also aware of the danger in drinking and driving and they do it anyway.

  • A Pack Fan Feb 8, 2013

    This is news?

  • webrockiv Feb 8, 2013

    To all those who've got their panties in a wad over this one: get a life. Sex education is a good thing.

  • seankelly15 Feb 8, 2013

    davework - "And yet STD rates are soaring: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/healthteam/story/9406052/"

    That article said NOTHING about rates "soaring". Either you misread it or you read into it wanted you wanted to believe.

  • potterotherp Feb 8, 2013

    I don't want to ruin anyone's pearl-clutching horror, but it looks like the money was coming from student fees and not "MY TAX DOLLARS", a subtle but important distinction...

  • Mon Account Feb 8, 2013

    "Danielle Stallings failed to see the value or the humor. "I don't see how it relates to sex education, getting sex toys," she said."

    Sounds like someone needs a little education in that area if she doesn't understand.

    These people are adults. If they were getting t-shirt and printed water bottles no one would bat an eye lash at "my tax dollars". God forbid they use materials that pertain to the topic but make someone's bible quiver. It's a *public* university.

  • georgecostanza Feb 8, 2013

    Do actually believe there is such a thing as safe sex? thhttp://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2010/2010-12-01-HIV-STD.htming
    This is what the use of condoms has gotten us. You can survive having a baby but perhaps not with these std's.

  • georgecostanza Feb 8, 2013

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/3583511/ Guess what the emphasis in NC's public schools at this time in regards to sex-ed........... abstinence based. it has now changed once again. Lets see what happens over the next few years.

  • lrakydarb2 Feb 8, 2013

    Scenario: You and your male lover have been having “protected” sex for several months. In fact, you just had sex 10 minutes ago. He tells you: “Honey, I have been diagnosed with AIDS. But you are safe because we have been using a condom.”
    .Knowing that the condom failure rate is around 5 – 6% (google “condom industry failure rate”) and that he has a disease that can kill you, which of the following do you tonight when he wants sex?
    1. Have sex with him using a condom.
    2. Have sex with him and don’t use a condom.
    3. Stop having sex with him now that you know he has a disease that can kill you.
    I suspect that #2 is OUT. That leaves 1 and 3. If you say “3”, then I have the following questions for you. Why stop? After all, you have been doing this for several months when you didn’t know about the AIDS. If you do stop, does that mean that condoms usage does not mean “safe” sex?

  • djofraleigh Feb 8, 2013

    This is what you get when "KIDS" get control....embarrassment. They want so bad to be mature and adult and professional but at heart, they are still mostly dependent children who have yet to live as 'real world' adults. They think society silly while society sees them as silly.

    This makes NCSU blush a bit redder in the PR department. When one lives off public money, one has to please the public.

  • my2cents-justsaying Feb 8, 2013

    Do you really think that people who would be offended by the prizes would go to the "sex-seminar" anyway, whether they are giving away sex toys or koozies? Relax people there are bigger issues to deal with!!

  • davework Feb 8, 2013

    "Teen pregnancy is at an all-time low."

    And yet STD rates are soaring:
    http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/healthteam/story/9406052/

    Good times.

  • gopack07 Feb 8, 2013

    When I was a student, the UAB funded several events that I had no interest in. What did I do? Didn't attend. You can't complain about every little dollar of your funds going towards events you don't like.

  • Conservative Feb 8, 2013

    These university students are adults. They can decide their morality for themselves.
    OleNCNative

    It is not about morality althought that is always a handy diversion. It is a state school and as such funded by tax money. Let them put in their own funds and buy whatever they want.

  • georgecostanza Feb 8, 2013

    These university students are adults. They can decide their morality for themselves.
    OleNCNative
    Yes, but not at my expense.

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