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“We have a stereotype of being conservative but there are lots of people who are okay with these subjects – like me,” she said. “This is one way people can get a better sense of what others in Tennessee and this region of the country are about.”

Rader said university officials were overwhelmingly supportive of Sex Week – which includes a sex talent show and drag show.

“We went to our administrators and they approved it immediately,” she said. “We have excellent faculty advisors.”

Rader said she can’t imagine how anyone could be offended or upset with their sex week activities.

“I would find it very hard to believe that after talking to any student with an issue they would not agree that the purpose of the event is excellent and there is something for everyone,” she told Fox News.

She said there would be no orgies or public displays of nudity.

“At least not as a part of sex week,” she said.

Simpson praised Rader, a member of the university’s elite honors program.

She called their creation of Sex Week “very admirable and forward thinking.”

“She’s thinking about the kinds of needs and concerns that should be here on campus,” Simpson said.

But some University of Tennessee alumni are upset that Sex Week is being paid for with student fees.

“As a Tennessee alumnus, I can say that almost nothing surprises me anymore,” Patrick Davey told Fox News. “I understand that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave and that we enjoy freedoms here that other countries don’t.”

“If people want to have a festival devoted to unorthodox sex practices, they can do it here,” he said. “But the university shouldn’t be paying for it. That’s not the type of education that our tax dollars are for. They can do that on their own time, on their own property, with their own money.”

Kay Shostak, who graduated from the university in 1983, was among those outraged.

“My blood runs orange – and right now it’s boiling,” she said. “As a parent of a current college senior, I’d like to know how to opt out of this fee.”

She also wondered why today’s modern college students need instruction on sex.

“When I was at UT back in 1983 we didn’t need to use student fees to learn ‘how to turn up the heat on our own sex drive,’” she noted.

The university spokesperson said the understand concerns from alumni and parents – but assured them Sex Week was not geared towards a particular slant.

“We would ask people to take a broader look at the content and really see that there’s great teaching value, there’s great education value, there’s great engagement value for our students,” Simpson told Fox News. “We recognize this is the first time we are doing it – but we have a lot of people involved looking at the content and making sure it’s appropriate.”

Students will also be provided screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.


Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary – heard daily on 250+ radio stations. He’s also the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.” To check out all of his work you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @toddstarnes. In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue. He lives in New York City.