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College sex? It's a radio hit

Final segment of three-part series set Friday in Forest Grove


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The final segment of the Lets Get It On radio program about sex airs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Brochures are available at Pacific Universitys Student Health Center.A recent study of more than a thousand college students between 18 and 25 revealed that nearly 60 percent of them are having sex at least once a week.

And now, at least at Pacific University, they’re talking about it openly — on the campus radio station.

A three-part series, titled “Let’s Get It On: Sex Talk Radio,” debuted Nov. 10, with a second show Nov. 17. The final segment will air at 6 p.m. Nov. 24. The show can be streamed live online at boxerradio.fm.

Three students from Angela Towne’s Gender and Sexual Studies class are producing the show, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Gender Equity.

Towne said college campuses have a big “hook-up” culture which can lead to problems if students don’t learn to communicate openly about sex and establish boundaries.

“They learn it the hard way,” she said. “This (show) really addresses that issue.”

Conversations about sex are important, said Martha Rampton, department chair and director of the Center for Gender Equity, but students are often hesitant to talk about it.

“It’s dangerous if they’re not properly educated about contraception, sexuality, STDs, the issue of health and also the quality of life,” she said.

Students today are much more mature about discussing sex than when she was in school, Rampton said.

“I had a class about menstruation and the guys had to leave the room,” she said. “But men need to know about that. It’s a human issue and not a gender thing.”

The students did extensive research into many areas of sexuality to prepare for the show, Towne said.

Anuhea Wall, one of the student producers, said the first segment was introductory, with topics that ranged from birth control to communicating with a partner about sexual pleasure.

The second segment covered once-taboo subjects like pornography, sex toys, role playing, masturbation, body image and even faking orgasms.

“Did you people know that 60 percent of women have delivered an Oscar-worthy performance between the sheets?” Wall said on last Sunday’s show.

“There are many reasons. Some think it will boost their partner’s ego or they’re having bad sex and want it to end. But if it comes to that point they should say something and not fake it.”

In the Nov. 24 segment, Campus Wellness Coordinator Laura Siltanen will lead a discussion on sex, communication and consent.

Boxer Radio station manager Sterling Bax said the series ties in with her effort to expand student use of the station as a media outlet and offer training in radio production. She hopes the show will continue next semester.

“It’s not a taboo subject anymore,” she said.

It’s important to talk about sex, said Colleen Hunter, another of the show’s producers (Kylie Koga is the third).

“I think my generation realizes it’s not something shameful,” Hunter said. “I hope the trend continues, not only for my generation, but older generations, that they can learn something from us. There’s always room to learn.”

The radio show is one of several projects in Towne’s class, including a poster campaign to increase condom use on campus: “No Glove, No Love.” The posters show photos of Pacific athletes and campus security personnel wearing gloves and holding condoms. Towne said she sees the fact that some students were stealing posters to put in their dorm rooms as a sign of success.




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