Female Sexuality (lovingly called 'Femsex' for short) is a student-taught course started at UC Berkeley. The program has now spread throughout the country, however this site is run by the UC Berkeley FemSex class. The program strives to build a strong women's community focused on providing support and using empowerment as the basis for social change.
Femsex creates a safe space that encourages and facilitates the ability of women to learn about their bodies, explore their sexuality, and expand their understanding of diversity. The class covers a broad spectrum of topics related to female sexuality, ranging from anatomy/physiology, women's health, solo sex, partner sex, and orgasm, to social issues surrounding themes such as media and cultural influences on women, sex work, reproductive choices, and violence against women.
FemSex challenges students by exposing them to diverse opinions and experiences different from their own. It is about bringing women with different backgrounds together to form a very unique and welcoming community that will embrace and support them along their journey. It is our hope that by the end of this course, all individuals will leave the class with a newfound sense of empowerment and a greater understanding of how empowerment can be expressed in various ways.
The class relies on discussion, assignments, introspection, readings, and guest speakers to examine these topics. The FemSex reader is compiled and updated by the facilitator group every semester. We strongly believe that everyone stands to gain something from Femsex, so we encourage EVERYONE to apply.
*DECAL: Democratic Education at Cal - courses designed by students for students, to find out more go to decal.org.
FemSex DeCal Site: http://www.decal.org/courses/2411
FEMSEX FACILITATOR APPS ARE UP!
If you're interested in facilitating or in the administration position for Spring 2014, you can find the applications below! Both are due Thursday, Dec. 5th by 5pm in the FemSex mailbox in the Gender Equity Resource Center!
Find out about classes in the bay area and others by clicking here.