Tennessee Republican Lawmakers Freak Out Because Adults Want to Talk About Sex With Other Adults

stacey-campfieldEven in 2014, the topic of sex is one that can make otherwise normal people sometimes behave abnormally.  So you can just imagine what it does to right-wing radicals who somehow think not talking about sex will make it go away.

Well, for a great example of how right-wing radicals behave in the face of “dirty sex talk” look no further than Tennessee.  It seems a group of Republican lawmakers is fighting to remove Sex Week from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus.

I can almost understand the controversy with middle schools or high schools teaching sex to minors.  If a parent’s personal feelings are against that (even though I think that’s pretty foolish) it’s their children and I can respect that.  Those children are still minors, so hey – I’ll “give” a little bit when it comes to saying that they at least have a basis for argument.


But when you’re talking about adults talking with other adults about sex, on a college campus, that’s a whole different issue.  Why would anyone oppose this?  Are conservatives at such a ridiculous level of anti-sex rhetoric that now we don’t want adults discussing sex with other adults in an adult atmosphere?

What these lawmakers are essentially trying to do is pass legislation which will change how funds are distributed (as Sex Week is funded by student fees) in an attempt to prevent Sex Week from being able to be held on campus.

What is Sex Week, you ask?  Well, it’s a series of lectures discussing sexuality and sexual health, sexual violence, dance classes, a drag show, an art show and a poetry slam.

Oh, it even has an abstinence seminar organized by the largest Christian group on campus.

See, these lawmakers really can’t just come out trying to ban the week-long event.  After all, it’s a college campus filled with adults.

So what they’re trying to do is pass rules on funding so that holding the event wouldn’t be possible.  It’s a tactic you see with abortion rights.  They can’t come out and ban abortions.  So what Republicans do is pass laws which target the process for getting an abortion in an attempt to essentially make abortions all but non-existent, as it would be nearly impossible to meet these new “guidelines.”

It’s ridiculous.  If this were called “Christian values week” with the same amount of funding going toward it, these Republicans wouldn’t have any problem with the event.

But because it deals with sex, they’re doing everything in their power to shut it down.

Again, this is adults talking about sex with other adults.  And let’s not forget that sex on college campuses is a very big deal.  More education about the subject should actually be encouraged.

Susan Lynn, the sponsor of the bill seeking to control how funds are distributed on campus, said:

“Sex Week merely brought to light the inequity with the current system for distributing the wealth of the student activity fees.  Our legislation will ensure a socially just dispersion, as well as educational and political equality for the use of the funds for all of the groups on campus.”

I’m sorry, and please excuse my language, but that’s complete and total bullshit.  That’s what you call good “political speak” by a politician who’s trying to find some kind of loophole in legislation to put an end to something they don’t want going on.

It’s the same nonsense being pushed by State Senator Stacey Campfield who also wants to put an end to Sex Week.  Campfield was the mastermind behind the “Don’t Say Gay” proposal for Tennessee’s public schools.  That alone shows you the kind of mentality these people operate with.

Like I said earlier, the funding for these events comes from student fees.  Which means they’re not using tax dollars.  So there’s absolutely no reason why legislators should have any say about how these funds are dispersed.

Brianna Rader, one of the events organizers said of the attempts to put an end to Sex Week, “[They] don’t care if I went out and privately fundraised $20,000 by myself, they don’t want the event held on campus.”

Which is exactly right.  These proposals having nothing to do with funding and everything to do with right-wing conservatives not wanting Sex Week on campus.

This is a college campus meant to education and inform.  The students vote on fees, the students determine what happens on campus and the students have no problem with the money being spent on this event.

So what the hell is the problem?

That answer is easy: right-wing conservatives are the problem. 


It’s a week-long event discussing sex.  And you damn sure know we can’t have that.  Because if we just don’t talk about sex then people will stop having it.  Especially on college campuses, right?

That’s basically the Republican platform on sex: If we don’t talk about it, or educate people on the topic, then everyone will just wait until marriage!

But this is just another example of the party of “small government” proving itself to be nothing more than a bunch of hypocrites.  A college campus, and its student body, decides to fund and host an event on campus with student funds (not tax dollars) that the students approve – and its now facing backlash by Republican lawmakers who are trying to put an end to that.

Conservative hypocrisy at its finest.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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