Popular program returns
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
The “I <3 Female Orgasm” show has always drawn a large crowd at East Tennessee State University.
Last night was no different as the Culp Center auditorium was packed with students eager to hear what all the buzz was about.
Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Marshall Miller were the speakers at the two-night event. During Miller’s sophomore year in college his university offered a new major called Sexuality in Society, which Miller decided to pursue and later wrote his senior thesis on HIV prevention.
Miller then went on to work at a community health center where he managed HIV prevention programs. As a side job, Marshall and his partner ran sexual education programs.
“At the end of these programs there would be time for questions about sex,” Miller said. “The topics that were coming up over and over again were that people had lots of female orgasm questions.”
These questions lead Marshall’s partner, Dorian Solot, to eventually write the book “I <3 Female Orgasm,” which is the foundation of the program that students see today.
Maggie Keenan-Bolger, who is new to the program, said that she does a lot of work with teenagers and LGBT communities in particular.
“Young people don’t often get very good sex education,” Keenan-Bolger said. “But I was working with organizations that were OK with me giving information. As soon as people found that out, everyone wanted to know everything. The degree to which people don’t know about [sex] is a bit wild.”
The program itself focuses not solely on sexual pleasure, though that does tend to be its main draw. Interwoven into the program is an abundance of sexual health information that is vital to students who are sexually active and to those who are not yet but may become sexually active in the future.
Miller and Keenan-Bolger presented the show in a very informal and comedic form, while the contents were educational in nature.
While most of their visits are within the U.S., they have presented the show internationally.