Harvard recognizes group promoting safe kinky sex
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Kinky sex has been admitted to Harvard.
The nation's oldest university has formally recognized Harvard College Munch, a group promoting discussions and safe practices of kinky and alternative sex. The school has no record of a similar group being recognized in its 376-year history.
The Committee on Student Life recognized Munch on Friday, making it one of 400 independent student organizations on campus. The decision occurred more than a year after members began meeting informally over meals.
"Applications for recognition are decided by a student-faculty committee following the review of a committee composed of students and administrators," Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said in a statement Tuesday. "The college does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization."
Harvard is not the first school in the country to formally recognize kinky sex groups, and several active groups exist within the larger community in Cambridge and neighboring Boston.
Organizers of Harvard College Munch did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Tuesday.
In a statement posted on a Harvard website, organizers say the group is for students interested in kink and alternative sexualities to meet and organize relevant events including speakers, discussions and screenings. Munch also has created a safety team to enable victims of abuse or trauma get help.
"It exists to promote a positive and accurate understanding of alternative sexualities and kink on campus, as well as to create a space where college-age adults may reach out to their peers and feel accepted in their own sexuality," the statement said.
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