A public university’s Union Activities Board (UAB) paid $304.69 to purchase sex toys as prizes for a “Dirty Bingo” event, an administrator told Campus Reform on Thursday.
The items purchased as awards include butt plugs, an artificial vagina, vibrators, dildos, lubricant, edible underwear, a book on sex positions, and other items, Lauryn Collier, president of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) UAB, told Campus Reform in a statement Thursday.
An image, posted to the event’s Facebook page, also reveals artificial vaginas among the many prizes to be given away.
The “Dirty Bingo” event, slated to take place next Tuesday, aims to find “innovative” ways to discuss sexual health on the campus.
“The certified educators plan to use some of the items (those that are appropriate) to demonstrate healthy sex practices,” said Collier in the statement.
A spokesperson for NCSU did not return multiple requests for comment made by Campus Reform and would not say whether or not there is an age requirement for attending the event. Like most undergraduate institutions the NCSU community includes minors, under the age of 18.
The event, which is being funded through mandatory student fees, has drawn criticism from students on campus.
“The fact that a public university is going to spend mandatory student fees on such an event is just repulsive,” said Emma Benson, an NCSU student and state co-chair of the libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty, in a phone conversation with Campus Reform.
“There is nothing that involves reading 50 Shades of Grey or using a butt plug that promotes safe sex,” she added.
Jason Cockrell, an NCSU student who is hosting a discussion to talk about the criticism directed towards the event, said his opposition stems from the use of student fees.
“I think that it’s patently obvious that this is not an appropriate use of student fees,” said Cockrell. “It doesn’t pertain to safer sex.”
The controversy has spilled onto Facebook as well, with students expressing both support and outrage over the event.