Sex educator Jay Friedman came to SNHU to deliver an informative and interactive lecture on sex education. On Wednesday, February 15, the Wellness Center collaborated with six other clubs, organiza­tions and offices on campus to bring truth to many miscon­ceptions of sex that stem from poor sex education.

Titled, “Sexy Feast: What Our Favorite Foods Teach Us About Sex,” Friedman named food for each letter of the alphabet and related it to sex. For example, ‘A is for apple.’ The common saying, “an apple a day keeps the doc­tor away,” can be associated with sex, according to Fried­man. Women on birth control should remember to take their pills every day to prevent pregnancy.

Another example is ‘D is for donuts.’ Donuts are all different; they come in many types and flavors, “you can guess, but you can’t tell by looking,” Friedman said. Peo­ple are the same way. Some people are heterosexual, oth­ers are bisexual, gay, asexual, etc. It’s hard to tell just by the way they look.

“I think it’s a good way to be exposed to new ideas and to spark a conversation with friends and partners,” Assis­tant Director of Health Ser­vices Deborah Perkins said. Perkins organized this event.

Friedman, who has 32 years of experience as a sex educator, believes the sex ed­ucation in America, which is already poor in comparison to many other countries, es­pecially those in Europe, will only get worse under the new administration. “Strongly I fear the clocks will go back on all of us,” Friedman said. Oth­er countries that lack sexpho­bia tend to have lower teenage pregnancies and sexual as­sault rates.

The office of Residence Life, the Student Government Association, the Coordinators of Activities and Program­ming Events (CAPE), the Deborah L. Coffin Women’s Center, Generation Equality and the Office of Diversity Programs joined Wellness in the Hospitality Salons from 7-9 p.m. along with other at­tendees.

“It’s not every day you find a good sex talk,“ CAPE Late Night Chair Justin Terlisner, junior, said. “He made a lot of funny analogies. It was enter­taining and informative.”

“I is for information,” Friedman said. “We don’t get enough information.” Fried­man pointed out that there are plenty of resources on campuses to get more infor­mation on sexual education, including through Health Ser­vices.

The three lessons he want­ed SNHU students to take away from his lecture were to advocate for sexual rights, communicate about sex and to celebrate sex. For more in­formation on Friedman’s les­sons, visit his website, jaytalk. com.

Rebecca LeBoeuf
Thank you guys for letting me rewrite my bio! Here it is: Rebecca LeBoeuf graduated summa cum laude in 2018 with a B.A. in communication and a minor in professional writing. She is a former editor in chief and held other positions on the Press including Penmen Abroad editor and copy editor. Her favorite part of journalism is listening to and sharing people's stories.