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University of Minnesota to spend $3,406 on female orgasm event

The U of M is hoping its female orgasm event will help empower young women.
The U of M is hoping its female orgasm event will help empower young women.

Earlier this month, amid concern the school is spending too much money, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced that the U will spend money on a study looking into whether it spends too much money.

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Two weeks later, the U is again raising eyebrows after disclosing it's spending $3,406 on an April event entitled, "The Female Orgasm."

Here's the post about the event on the U's event website:

University of Minnesota to spend $3,406 on female orgasm event

The event is the subject of a critical post on the Campus Reform blog. From "Public univ plans event to help female students achieve orgasm":

The description of the event, which is hosted by the university's Office of Diversity and Equity's Women's Center, does not say whether there is an age requirement. While the average age of undergraduates at UMTC is 21, it is not uncommon for students to enroll at the age of 17.

A university spokeswoman, Patricia Mattern, however, suggested there is in fact no age requirement in an e-mail statement to Campus Reform on Monday.

"This educational workshop is open to the full university community and participation is voluntary," she said. "As a research institution, we study, publish and educate on a vast range of topics, including human sexuality."

The program is costing the university $3,406 and is part of the university's mission of "research," she added.

While it'll cost the U more than three thousands bucks, the lessons learned during the event could be priceless for curious and sexually inexperienced students. But does that justify the expense? With the U asking for an additional $32.6 million from the state over the next biennium (for a total of $91.6 million), we'll see if the legislature has anything to say about that.


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