Editor's note: This column contains language that may offend some readers.
If John Wesley were alive today, there is no doubt that he would be pleased with the quality of education students are getting at Wesleyan University (www.wesleyan.edu).
Just a few minutes on the university website shows that Wesleyan deserves its strong academic reputation. Those U.S. News and World Report rankings just don?t lie.
For example, students at Wesleyan can join the ?c*** club,? which was formed to help reclaim the c-word and imbue it with a new meaning. Some of the 35 original members of the student organization were upset that the word ?vagina? translated to ?sheath to a sword? in Latin. Because of the warlike reference, they decided that ?vagina? would not be as good as the c-word. Se they formed a club, convened a meeting, and sat around saying the c-word all night long.
After the c-club was formed, another Wesleyan student suggested forming a ?kyke club? to reclaim the k-word for Jewish students. The ?dirty Jew k*** bastard club? was also contemplated, but no club was ever actually formed. Thus, to this day, the k-word is still offensive at Wesleyan, but the c-word isn?t. When it comes to important social change, progress is slow. Even John Wesley couldn?t put an end to slavery in a day.
Members of the c-club thought about starting a ?vagina dialogue.? However, some wondered whether a ?penis dialogue? wouldn?t be more appropriate. The confusion was understandable. In fact, one of the c-club?s founders admitted that she ?didn?t come to Wesleyan and think, ?I want to be a Vagina Warrior.?? But she admitted (in the school newspaper) that she feels like she has since become a vagina warrior. There appears to be a war among some feminists concerning the use of warlike references. I think they should just settle it with a pillow fight.
At the first meeting of the c-club, the group?s aims were stated as ?mak(ing) sure that women?s bodies are safe and sacred, get(ting) a dialogue going on campus, and hav(ing) women (know) how to be pleasured and to pleasure themselves.?
This involved organized (no pun intended) activities aimed at helping c-clubbers find their clitorises (or is it clitori?). They also handed out vibrators on campus, held a sex toy workshop, and brought a masturbation expert to campus. Members also came up with a ?vagina-licious song? (?my vagina has a first name, it?s?? well, never mind) and co-sponsored a ?vagina art party.?