FemSex is a student-facilitated DeCal (Democratic Education at Cal) course that was started at UC Berkeley in 1993. The program has now spread throughout the country, and this site pertains to the original UC Berkeley class.
The purpose of FemSex is to create a safe space that encourages and facilitates the ability of students to learn about their bodies, explore their boundaries, desires, experiences and expand their understanding of power and privilege. Topics in class are designed to raise consciousness about: anatomy and physiology, the influence of social hierarchies in all reproductive choices, solo sex, partner sex, orgasm, sex work, communication, consent, relationships, gender/sex-based violence, and empowerment. FemSex strives to promote an environment of self-love and create strength through knowledge using group discussion, readings, analysis, guest speakers, films, and writings.
FemSex challenges students by exposing them to diverse opinions and experiences through fellow classmates and outside resources. It is our hope that individuals leave the class with a newfound sense of empowerment, a new community, and a greater understanding of how power and privilege are expressed in the world around us.
We strongly believe that everyone stands to gain something from FemSex and can contribute to the space, so we encourage folks of ALL identities to apply. You do not have to be a UC Berkeley student to be eligible to take this course.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org