Posted on | February 21, 2013 | 35 Comments
Apparently, it’s not an either/or choice. The qualifications to become a “sex education expert” seem to be pretty flexible, so that studying acting in college (along with such experiences as writing novels and hiking in Spain) will suffice as credentials.
What inspired this discovery was an article by Katie McHugh of The College Fix about “I Heart the Female Orgasm,” a special event that Alleghany College hosted in the school’s Ford Chapel:
The two sex educators, Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, talked students through a variety of masturbation techniques during the event.
“Sometimes it can be difficult finding your G spot by yourself, because it involves inserting a finger or fingers inside the vagina into the front wall of the body, and that kind of results in an awkward, kind of clawlike hand position,” Weinberg said, demonstrating with a pawing motion as the audience giggled. “Obviously, there are better ways you can position your body. Or if you’ve got a partner, you can get your partner to insert their finger or fingers inside your vagina in the front wall of your body in a sort of a J curve.” . . .
In statements to The College Fix, the college’s chaplain defended the event’s location, calling its theme “responsible,” and a campus spokesperson said it offered a “great message.” . . .
“Some people figure out masturbation and orgasm as teenagers, some people figure it out later than that,” said Weinberg, describing her lifelong fascination with pleasuring herself. “And some people figure it out earlier than that. Like preschool age. I was part of that last category.” . . .
Weinberg later held up two books titled I’ll Show You Mine and Petals, encouraging students to flip through them after the program: “We’ve got two amazing books up here with pages and pages of art photographs of vaginas and vulvas.”
The event was hosted by Allegheny’s student government and Allegheny College’s Reproductive Health Coalition, along with Young Feminists and Queers and Allies. It was funded by student activities fees.
You can read the entire article at The College Fix, and there are a lot of angles worth considering about this story, but one of those gut-hunch impulses prompted me to wonder, Exactly who is this Kate Weinberg person? I mean, besides being someone who’s been diddling herself since “preschool age.” Well . . .
Kate graduated from DePaul University in Chicago. She describes a “lightbulb moment” she had while taking an intensive HIV/AIDS course in college, when she realized how sexuality “is a thing so intimately connected to politics, religion, guilt, expectation, the ways in which we live and are allowed to live. It’s one of those things that seems to explain the world around it.” Little did she know at that moment, but she had begun her journey toward becoming a sex educator.
In addition to reading nearly every sexuality book she could get her hands on, Kate trained as a teacher of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sex education program for adults and college students, and now teaches sex education workshops for inner-city youth through a Newark, NJ nonprofit. She’s a certified yoga instructor and the author of an acclaimed young adult novel. Kate lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has long wished that she could be a mermaid. She co-presents our Female Orgasm program.
OK: “DePaul University . . . young adult novel . . . Brooklyn.”
Keep those reference points in mind, because Google turns up more than one result for Kate Weinberg:
Kate Weinberg grew up in exotic Baltimore, Maryland. She Mid-Westernized at the tender age of seventeen to study acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, as well as feed her burgeoning interests in poetry, improvisational comedy, and the visual arts. In 2009, she walked across the north of Spain and ate lots of cheese sandwiches on hard bread despite her body’s cruel intolerance to lactose, worked on farms in Spain and Ireland, moved to Brooklyn, and refused to eat a cheese sandwich ever again. She has published a few weird little poems using her real name, and a Young Adult novel under the opaque, gauzy disguise of a top-secret pen name, and is a firm believer in the power of impromptu, improvisational dance and song, as well as road trips, to unite all the world in peace.
Same person, right? But no reference to her enthusiasm for sex education, and why? Because this is from her profile as an instructor at the 2012 Vermont Governor’s Institute of Art, a “2 week intensive program for high school students.” And here is Kate Weinberg in the 2011 cast of the improvisational show Tambourine at the Magnet Theater in New York:
Kate Weinberg grew up in Baltimore and received her BFA in acting from DePaul University in Chicago, where, additionally, she messed up a lot in an African Dance class she had to take, had a really creepy landlord, and studied at IO. She has worked at an outsider art museum, walked across Spain, published some poems, written a novel for young adults, and also likes to draw weird naked bird-ladies and make shrinky-dink jewelry. She is so grateful for the very wonderful, welcoming Magnet community, and for every teacher, performer, and audience member she has had the chance to encounter as a result of its stunning, stellar, gorgeous existence.
So, two years ago, Kate Weinberg was performing in an improv troupe, last year she was teaching theater to high school kids in Vermont, and this year, she’s teaching a female orgasm seminar to college students in Pennsylvania!
Busy and versatile performer, this young Ms. Weinberg and, in addition to her “young adult novel” (which became “acclaimed” rather recently it seems), she’s adept at writing the quirky/clever type of autobiographical profile of herself.
You’re probably asking yourself, “With her busy career as an actress — and also the novel-writing, hiking in Spain and so forth — how did Kate ever find time to train as a teacher of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sex education program”?
Does the phrase “three-day weekend” ring a bell?
Yep: That’s how long it takes to undergo the training sessions for “Our Whole Lives,” a program of the United Church of Christ.
This is the kind of top-notch expertise student fees at Alleghany College were paying for, and you’ll probably not be surprised that the organization that brings the highly-qualified Kate Weinberg to campus has also provided similar services for dozens of colleges and universities, from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, Ga.) to Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
Can you say Higher Education Bubble, boys and girls? Good.
One more thing, kids: If you’re in college and don’t know what a vagina looks like, you’re probably too stupid to be in college.