Fit to be tied: students at UVic get bondage seminar
By Dan Perry
A BONDING EXPERIENCE. A Gazette photographer
got more than he bargained for on this assignment. Word
is he skipped town post-shoot, destined for the University
Bondage — not a credit course, yet.
UVic Pride, a gay, lesbian, trans-sexed and bisexual students’ group
at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, is hosting
a bondage safety workshop next week, where students can learn
to get as kinky as they want without actually hurting each
Christine Ambrose, a volunteer with UVic Pride, said the
lists have been filling up since the workshop offer was made
after several students expressed an interest following a popular
sex toy workshop run by the Women’s Centre in Victoria.
“It’s basically about rope safety,” Ambrose
said. “It’s to teach rope safety and to give people
some ideas on how to spice up their sex lives; but there’s
no sexual activity at the workshop. It’s just to give
them some information so they’ll do it safely.”
While Western students currently have no similar courses
available to them, the University Students’ Council does offer
Carlie Brown University programs.
“A couple of years ago, [CBU] tried to offer sexuality,” said
InfoSource senior staff member Kathy Ioannidis, adding the
endeavour was cancelled because few people signed up.
CBU co-ordinator Jen Moskal-Collins reported many of Western’s
less traditional courses have suffered the same fate, citing
poor turnouts for past courses in wicca, tarot card reading
and holistic sex , as examples.
“I don’t know if Western is just a more conservative
university or what,” Moskal-Collins added.
Huron University College philosophy professor David Conter,
who specializes in legal philosophy, has studied several
cases where bondage and other unorthodox sexual practices have
produced injury and further legal consequences.
“Some cases involving bondage do involve injury; even
with consent, things do get pretty extreme,” Conter said. “You
don’t want to injure someone; I assume you want to leave
a feeling, but I [also] assume you don’t want to leave
Conter said another related issue is whether or not it is
reasonable for such courses to be offered in a university. “A
university is more than just an educational institution,
community. It would be useful — if there was a serious
interest,” he said.
Ioannidis did cite one course as very useful. “Human
sexuality — 153 in [psychology] — is always full.