It is an honor to be a part of a community composed of intelligent and educated women. Women who strive to be enlighten in the field of science, engineering, and mathematics. Women that proudly wear their community logo, WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), across their heart. While only an estimated amount of thirty-five young ladies compose the Unit 4 theme program of WiSE, the UC Berkeley campus secretly acquires these intelligent women all around.

Even though, I do not possess a sit within the walls of WiSE, they are the community that reflects my identity.  I am a women in love with mathematics, a minority on campus, strives for education, and a leader in my community. WiSE is literally part of my community, for I also reside in the resident halls of Unit 4. We are neighbors and as such it’s an honor to name my community, WiSE.

As educated women, we understand the importance of expanding our minds in all field that relate to us. In our pursuit to master a field in science, engineering, or mathematics, our personal life will always follow. We must insure that knowledge about our health is up to date which includes our sexual health. It must accommodate our lifestyle, so the focus lies in having an understanding of sexual health, other sexual debuts, practicing safer sex, and keeping an updated knowledge on STIs/ HIV. Understanding our personal needs will insure that when we are ready to engage in any sexual activity, we recognize that there is endless options. We are an active participate when it comes to educated our minds in sexual health.

I will be presenting a combination of four workshops that address the matters that are most important and will engage my WiSE community. Beginning with an introduction to sexual health, followed by sexual debuts that connect to practicing safer sex, and ending with STIs/HIV this will ensure knowledge. I will also address personal knowledge about our wonderful women body by including a workshop about sexual pleasure. Where exactly will I insert this workshop I myself have yet to determine? While learning about STIs is important, it’s not exactly an uplifting conversation. My series of workshops will probably end with sexual pleasure to enlighten the women about the benefits of sexual knowledge.

From posters, word of mouth, and social media, I plan to publicize my project to my community. I am excited in exploring sexual health with my fellow WiSE community, to bring awareness all while having fun.

Let us go back to 1864 in Great Britain, a period of social reform and evangelical ideals.  During this period of time prostitution in Britain began to gain ground and the government’s reaction was to instate the Contagious Diseases Act.

The Contagious Diseases Act was instated in 1864 as a result of growing venereal disease (Sexually Transmitted Infections -STIs) in Great Britain as a result of unsafe sex practices in the armed forces. Shockingly, Britain’s disapproval manifested itself in an action against female prostitutes as the vector of STIs. The act was brutal in its treatment of women- many of which had little recourse other than prostitution.  It is a negative moment in Britain’s history during a period of high political reformation. It inspired women to seek for higher status in the government through the form of women suffrage.

The deviousness of the Act lies in how it was enacted in 1864.  The goal was to reduce the spread of STIs by reducing the number of prostitutes in the districts of Britain near barracks. Men of the armed forces would often seek relief through sex by purchasing the time of a prostitute and spreading STIs they had received from intercourse in the past- or they received them from the prostitute. The Contagious Disease act allowed for women to be placed in an asylum where they could- and would- be forced into a physical gynecological examination to check for sexually transmitted infections. From there women would be subjected to insertion of speculums into their vagina for an intense examination. If proven to have an STI they were then forced to remain in the asylum for treatment, if treatment existed.  Therefore, rather than treating both men and women for their infections the government ostracize the women who were often poor, illiterate, and unable to provide for their own sexual safety in an attempt to escape poverty.

Today, much more is known about STIs and their symptoms and transmission. A lack of knowledge and the availability of safe sex supplies such as barrier condoms – fabric and animal membrane as well as withdrawal were the few attempts made at prevention of pregnancy and STI transmission – allowed for the Contagious Disease Act to proliferate in Britain. It was dismantled in 1886 after avid discontent and pressure from reformist groups were placed against the government.

In response to a History 151C Lecture:

This article, “History of Chinese Homosexuality”, online from China Daily has one massive problem: it claims that there is no record of lesbianism in Chinese History. That’s incredibly wrong.  First of all,  from Gay and Lesbian Asia: Culture, Identity, Community by Gerad Sullivan has half of a book dedicated to “lesbianism” in China. However, technically speaking, there were no labels for sexual orientation in traditional china, as they felt no desire to group  sexual desire into a binary like the western world. Instead, sexuality was described as a social tool rather than an orientation; the higher your hierarchical class, the more power you had to be sexually interested in young female concubine or a young male,  there was essentially no difference.

But to cut to the binary term “lesbians,”  from Yan Li’s Understanding Chinese Lesbians’ Subjective Well-being During Sexual Identity, she claims that during the late Zhou Dynasty  to the Qing Dynasty, (221 B.C. to 1911 A.D) that homosexuality flourished within the female sphere and required very little validation or were denounced in anyway until the Cultural Revolution. Women were said to have an unlimited “yin” essence so there was no loss of yin in female homosexuality, unlike male sexuality where they lost yang essence. However, male homosexuality became more widespread after the Zhou Dynasty was over.

In short, not everything you find on the internet is true, and especially when an article tries to erase or deny the history of lesbians in China entirely? Well that’s not cool. Have a great day!  (picture of Li Yu’s play, Women in Love from Beijing in 2010)

 I’m Bondage Brittany and as the quote goes “Not four years, but for life. “ As a member of the Greek Community, it has become incredibly important to me to educate both fraternities and sororities on sexual health.  The result is a drive to reach out to both the PanHellenic and Inter-Fraternity Council groups and helps them fulfill their harm reduction, or risk management requirements.

Berkeley’s Greek community is composed of 33 social fraternities and 14 social sororities and thus the overall community numbers in the thousands. While I acknowledge that I cannot reach every single fraternity or sorority, my main goal in this is to introduce SHEP to the Greek community as a valuable, fun, and reliable method of sex education. Myths and misconceptions tend to run rampant throughout many communities and the Greek community is not an exception.  As a result, it is incredibly valuable for both fraternities and sororities to learn about resources such as SHEP and to make use of them to correct and add to collective knowledge about sex and foster a sex positive environment.

SHEP has approximately six standard workshops ranging from sexual debuts to sexual pleasure. There is no standard route in which I plan to give workshops as each fraternity and sorority has different needs and desires- much like an individual when it comes to sex! It is vital that I can adapt to the needs of my community in order to present each workshop to the best of its ability and to fill and refine Greek understanding of sexual health.  From STIs to sexual assault, it is important that I can tailor to the needs of the Greek system.

Word of mouth is perhaps the most important method of publicizing my workshops to the Greek community. Each individual workshop should be fun and educational in such a manner to encourage the Greek community to open its doors to SHEP and invite it back time and time again. It is furthermore my hope to be able to use chalking, flyers, and social media in order to get information out to the Greek community.

A common epithet for the Greek community is “Letters today, leaders tomorrow” and as such it is important to teach the Greek community to keep it safe and sexy from the dance floor to the bedroom and much more.

Since I work at I house, I thought it would be a great idea to do a random act of sexiness there! I work in the resident student center, people come to her purchase everyday things like stamps, shampoo and things of that nature. So when residents came by the store I offered them magnum condoms and the few lubes I had left. People were very awkward when I tried to hand them condoms and refused to touch them. Others gladly accepted them, I had a european male, come back with his friends and take some. I also gave safer sex supplies to my co worker Anthony! Oh and if you were wondering if it was a okay with my boss that I did this, I asked her beforehand, and she was super excited about it and even took some lube! It was a super sexy day at I House, you should have been there!

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One of my favorite SHEP activities is Random Act of Sexiness. Why? Because I get the opportunity to remind folks to, if they plan to have sexy times and be sexy with someone, use protection! I went out on Sproul on the Monday before Thanksgiving break with sex in mind for other people. Hopefully students had the times to use the traditional condoms during the de-stressing break and to de-stress even more with sexy times in their lives.

It was a chilly day yet in the sun it was nice and warm and us three were out there passing out condoms left and right. I approached one group of young men and they were very eager to grab condoms. So eager that I had to stop them from grabbing too many because, hey, other people need sexy times as well. A couple people were taken aback by our frankness of providing condoms and having to be suddenly presented with the idea of sex. One of the reasons we are out there handing out traditional condoms is to destigmatize the idea of sex as dirty and shameful. Sex positivity is recognizing sex as a process between [multiple] people to learn more about themselves and respond to their bodies. It respects unique sexual identities and celebrates sexual diversity. These sexual activities can be very empowering and pleasurable while being safe and healthy! And importantly, it’s all up to YOU so give consent.

 I had the fortune of presenting a workshop to  Vagina Monologues on Sunday December 8th and  I facilitate a discussion on an introduction to  sexual health. We had a general idea of what we  wanted to talk about, but because this group is so  aware of some of the issues we teach about in  SHEP, Lick-Me Lizzi and I were more interested  in learning from them and hearing what they  would say about the topic. As such, the workshop  was basically a discussion about the things they  were interested in, allowing for a lot of question and answer time, sharing personal stories, and learning from each other. Lick-Me Lizzi and I opened the workshop with everyone sharing a sexual fantasy (or two) they have, in order to get the group in the mood and comfortable with each other. We discussed various barrier methods and one audience member even practiced rolling on a condom onto the woody with her mouth! There were a lot of questions about forms of birth control and STIs, and Lick-Me Lizzi and I were pleasantly surprised that instead of us giving them scientific information, for almost every question there was an audience member in the room who had an anecdote about it, which in my opinion is more salient and personal that listing facts and probabilities. The space Vagina Monologues has created was very inviting and basically what SHEP hopes to create at Cal. Overall, I loved presenting to VagMons, and I hope they invite us back!

Hey all, we’re Succubus. Meet the team: Sexperts Bondage Brittany, Teabag Ticha, Eat ‘Em Up Ethan, and Student Leader Da BADDE$T Bitch Daysha also known as “BBD”. We’re your sexperts and peer health educators at Cal; and we’re excited to answer your questions about anything and everything you wanted to know about sex, sexual health, sex-positivity, and sexuality.

Bondage Brittany

Hi Golden Bears! I’m Bondage Brittany and I’m a second year Political Science major with a major passion for talking about sexuality. From the dining room to SHEP seminars I like to lay it all out on the table. As a result of this openness, I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the sweet and sexy SHEP group this spring.  I can’t wait to learn more about human sexuality and have a (more) legitimate reason to discuss one of my favorite topics-Sex! Furthermore, I look forward to educating myself on sexuality and sharing all the knowledge that I currently have and hope to acquire with all of you. From birth control (in it’s multiplicity of forms) to sexual pleasure, there is no limit to my thirst for knowledge- especially in a topic that has so many different facets to it. There is consistently something new to learn and my ultimate goal is to be able to help anyone who wants to learn more as well.

Keep it safe and sexy,

Bondage Brittany

Teabag Ticha

ddMy name is Teabag Ticha and I’m your very new SHEP-intern! I am from West Des Moines, Iowa, and I’m a first year at UC Berkeley. I’m an intended genetics and plant biology major so if you don’t want to talk about sex you can seriously always talk to me about plants!!

I decided to become a part of SHEP because I really love talking about sex. I think our bodies are often immediately sexualized regardless of our age in mass culture and become political objects that society is often too uncomfortable or too intolerant to discuss. Sex is also a huge passion of mine, and I love encouraging sex positivity among my peers and friends.

I’m super excited to do workshops and outreach through SHEP and I hope to be a personable individual any of ya’ll can come talk to during your time at UC Berkeley. National Condom week and our random acts of sexiness are also two things I look forward to, so please feel free to approach me on campus. I want everyone to know that all of their emotions and feelings are absolutely valid when it comes to sexual desire and your sexual experiences.


Eat ‘Em Up Ethan

Ethan for grp introHi, my name’s Ethan, now referred to as Eat ‘Em Up Ethan. I am a third year Integrative Biology major and a first time SHEP sexpert. Outside of SHEP and academics, I’m also a part of a co-ed acapella group on campus called DeCadence, and also am a part of Pilpino Cultural Night. Performance and community are big parts of my life, while pushing myself to be more outgoing and informed about different situations are key reasons of why I joined SHEP. To me, sex is something that should be part of normal or fun conversations; it should be a topic that no one is ashamed to talk about, should they wish to talk to others about it. What I am excited for this semester is the numerous outreach events that I’ll be a part of and reaching out to new people by conversing with them in topics I’ve always wanted to converse with. Here’s to a great semester, and go bears!

“BBD”: Da BADDE$T Bitch Daysha

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Hey all, I’m Daysha and my alias is “BBD”: Da BADDE$T B**** Daysha; formerly known as “DTF” Daysha. I  am a third year undergraduate of UC Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary Field Studies (ISF) with a focus  on Cross-Cultural Sexuality. I direct most of my energy towards qualitative research on social theory,  feminism, social justice, public policy, and human sexuality.

This is my third semester as a Sexpert at SHEP and my second semester as a Student Leader facilitating our Sex 101 DeCal. I love this program because SHEP acts as one of the best vehicles for me to educate students about sexual health, sex-positivity, acceptance, and self-love. SHEP also fosters a great environment where I can flourish and meet like-minded individuals who are interested in dismembering some social norms; including gender inequality, slut shaming, and rape culture. I’m looking forward to Spring ’14 semester with my lovely co-Sexperts.

Catch me on Instagram straight flexin’ or sippin’ on that Jamba Juice. Don’t be shy to say hi if you see me on campus!

Best, BBD

Hey everyone! We are Team Fu-KKK, we are a group of wonderful women who are dedicated to creating a sex positive environment on our campus. You can call us your Cal Sexperts for short. Our group consists of Olivia, Jasmine, and Lucero. We are all looking forward to providing workshops to our campus communities in order to allow people to engage in sexual health in a personal and interactive way. We strive to create a climate where we can have an open and positive discussion about sexuality.

Jackie Jung for group blogMy name is Jackie and I facilitate our Human Sexuality DeCal. I am a third year and I am majoring in Gender and Women Studies with a minor in LGBT studies. This is my third semester in SHEP and I am excited to learn more about sexual health and how to better incorporate them into my DeCal class.

Hello again my sexy bears.  It’s O-Face Olivia and I am back again to educate ya’ll on safe and consensual sex.  Currently, I am on my 4th semester at Cal going for a major in psychology and a minor in Olivia for grp blogdisability studies.  I can’t wait to see what wonderful exciting experiences this semester awaits for me!  See you soon!

Hello my sexy name is Lustful Lucero. I am in my second year with the goal to obtain a doctorate in mathematics with a minor in both Spanish and creative writing. I come from a small town in the Central Valley called Porterville. I enjoy cooking, baking, creative writing and seeking adventures. I am loud and random which explains my outgoing open-minded attitude. I was raised in a traditional and conservative Hispanic household where any topics related to sexual health are forbidden to be spoken. I decided to join SHEP because it offers a Lucero for grp blogwonderful opportunity to explore and experience the magnificent world of sexuality. Sexual health has multiple topics that I find fascinating and I believe that this knowledge should be shared in order to create an educated community. I want to provide our public with a comfortable, positive, and accepting sex community where sexual health knowledge is spoken loud and proud. I am looking forward to providing and facilitating varies outreach programs and participating in all of the fun activities SHEP can offer. I am excited to work and getting to know the SHEP family. It is an honor to be part of the SHEP where I will be able to help and assist. I look forward to assisting anyone in their journey to discover the beauty in Sex. Let the fun begin!

The community I want to try to reach is the Asian Pacific Islander (API) women, especially women who are currently exploring their identities (sexual, professional, personal) in their college years. This is a huge number of people, but I was hoping to focus on groups that focused on their racial/ethnic identity of API, such as Queer & Asian, which not only includes racial identifiers but sexual identifiers. Angela for community blog apiicon slider

I chose this community because I feel as an Asian American that I never really saw myself as a sexual being before college, and I feel that culturally, API people are not typically viewed as potentially sexual beings. I want to show the members, especially those who identify as women, that sexuality and sexual pleasure is their birthright and not just something people hide or never talk about. I want API to think about their sexuality and their bodies in a new, sexy and body-positive way. So not only do I want to talk about the body parts in terms of safe sex, but I want to focus on body and sex positivity.

I hope to cover at least 3 sexual health workshops that includes the basics of safe sex and STI and HIV protection and consent/communication, but also one workshop on body/sex positivity—specifically tailored to debunk sexual misconceptions and myths about the API community.

I and my fellow Sexpert T-bag Ticha will be contacting some of the officers of these communities directly and also using Facebook to reach out to this community. Hopefully we’ll get a resounding response back!


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