The Vice President of ASW was criticized online for talking openly about sex during the Condom Fashion Show at Westminster College on Nov. 22.
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“I was just excited that I pissed off someone for doing something I am proud of,” said Maggie Regier, sex educator and vice president of Associated Students of Westminster (ASW). “They hate planned parenthood, and everything associated with it. I just disagree with their perspective of events.”
Regier said she led a presentation about safe sex practices and sexual pleasure at the Condom Fashion Show on campus last month.
“My dream job is to be a sex educator,” Regier said. “I want to empower people, and I think sex education is a fantastic way to do that.”
The Condom Fashion Show is lead by the club Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SURF) who partner with the organization Planned Parenthood.
Ocean Candler, president of SURF at Westminster and a senior public and gender studies major, played a large role in the planning and production of the Condom Fashion Show.
“Planned Parenthood gives students a platform to be advocates,” Candler said.
There are about ten SURF clubs on campuses in Utah according to Candler. She has been president of the club for two years, but has been part of the club since her first year of college.
Candler said she invited Regier to present at the event and teach the audience about sexual health and safety.
“The point of the Condom Fashion Show, and the point of all of our events, is to destigmatize talking about sexual health,” Candler said. “It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s lighthearted, it’s inclusive.”
Candler said these attributes act as a mission statement for all of SURF’s events at Westminster because she said sex can be difficult or awkward to talk for many people.
“As we become new adults, it’s the first time we get to talk about sex,” Candler said. “We think it’s really important to create space to talk about it, ask questions and explore it in an appropriate way.”
Haddi Williams, a sophomore social work major, said though hosting an event like the Condom Fashion Show seems a little out of the ordinary, it makes talking about sex education more fun and easy.
“[The Condom Fashion Show] helps make talking about sex be a normal thing like it should [be] instead of a shush topic,” Williams said.
Regier said that there are many important things she would like to get across while educating people about sex.
“Engage with your friends about consent, talk to your kids about sex, and donate to Planned Parenthood,” Regier said. “Let your actions speak louder than your words.”
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*A previous version of this article misspelled ASW Vice President Maggie Regier’s last name.
*A previous version of this article misidentified the event featured in the photograph. The photograph was taken at an inclusive sex ed event on Nov. 1