In honor of celebrating Valentine’s Day, a student group at the University of California, Los Angeles, hosted a series of “educational skits” related to sex during an on-campus performance this week.
The UCLA “Sex Squad,” which labels itself as an undergraduate sexual health performance group, presented “ForePlay,” a series of skits that follows three individuals exploring various sexual health topics such as getting tested for sexually transmitted infections, proper consent, and coming out of the closet.
According to Bobby Gordon, the co-founder of Sex Squad who is also the assistant director of the UCLA Art and Global Health Center, the goal of the skits is to “debunk myths around sexual health through performance art.”
“So often when conversations about sex happen, if they do happen, they are viewed as a very clinical experience,” said Gordon. “Sex Squad is all about subverting that experience and seeing laughter, joy and play as critical parts of sexual health.”
While a number of the topics such as proper consent and safe sex practices would seem to be appropriate discussion topics for college students, “ForePlay” featured a number of skits describing vulgar sexual activities hardly appropriate for performance at a public setting such as UCLA, a university that receives billions of dollars in state and federal taxpayer funding.
In one portion of the show, a father and son sings a graphic song describing different types of lewd sexual behavior by males. According to the Daily Bruin, the father describes different methods of penetration, as well as the “logistics of practicing safe sex to his son.” After discussing the aforementioned topics while dancing with his son, the father tells his son that “sparks will fly and by sparks I mean their pants.”
According to Veline Mojarro, who is a co-director of the UCLA Sex Squad, the show helps students reflect and assess on their own sexual needs.
“Everyone has their own needs, wants and desires,” said Mojarro. “We can’t decide what’s right for them, only provide choices so they can learn how to make the right ones.”
Tickets for the show cost $6.
“The UCLA Sex Squad believes that Valentine’s Day is a radically sexy celebration of empowerment, consent, and self-love!” a release stated.
John Patrick (@john_pat_rick) is a graduate of Canisius College and Georgia Southern University. He interned for Red Alert Politics during the summer of 2012 and has continued to contribute regularly.