Campus residents came for the dildos and stayed for the sexually explicit stories by their resident assistants (RAs) at Sexpo, a sexuality lifestyle event organized by Residential Life on Thursday night.
First-year students asked questions about pornography, virginity, fetishes, sex toys, and relationships to a panel of five RAs. Organizers advertised a sex toy raffle but couldn’t secure the donated items in time.
“Everyone is about the dildos,” said first-year student and campus resident Dominic Denning. “I just want to hear some funny stories.”
The panel of RAs included students with different sexual backgrounds and orientations who shared intimate stories, exposing students to a wide range of sexual lifestyles.
“I’m a virgin, but I like talking about sex,” said panelist Briana Bircher who stepped in to represent college students who haven’t engaged in sexual intercourse. Bircher said she wanted to share her experience because she encounters students in their 20s who have concerns about their virginity.
“I was a little hesitant at first, but I felt that it was important for me to be there as a non-active 20-year-old in college,” said Bircher, who expressed anxiety over sharing her opinions about sex.
In one of the questions, the facilitator asked the panel how often they masturbated and panelist Gerald Ong responded, “I really love masturbating. I love jerking off a lot!” to roaring laughter, finger snaps and cheers from the audience.
Carol Queen of Good Vibrations, a sex positive shop based in San Francisco, tabled at the event and thought panelist did well at debunking sexual norms. “People think there is a normal way to have sex,” Queen said.
First-year student Natalie Nelson said she welcomed all the information at the event because people in her hometown of San Jose are not as willing to discuss taboo topics.
“Sex is interesting,” said Nelson. “San Jose is not as open as San Francisco.”