The chapel at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, founded in 1833 and associated with the United Methodist Church, was converted from divine services to the profane recently. On February 20, students at the private institution were treated to demonstrations of how to achieve orgasm for themselves and others in what was billed as an educational seminar. More than 100 years old, the chapel is used for non-denominational Christian services and for the celebration of Catholic Masses. But on the evening of February 20, these weekly services gave way to what student groups called “I Heart the Female Orgasm."
Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg talked to students about various ways of achieving sexual climax. Speaking to the crowd, Weinberg said “Sometimes it can be difficult finding your G spot by yourself, because it involves inserting a finger or fingers inside the vagina into the front wall of the body, and that kind of results in an awkward, kind of clawlike hand position,” ass he mimed with a with a pawing motion. To titters in the student crowd, Weinberg continued, “Obviously, there are better ways you can position your body. Or if you’ve got a partner, you can get your partner to insert their finger or fingers inside your vagina in the front wall of your body in a sort of a J curve.”
Miller also weighed in, noting “some (women) find that if they change the angle or position, they can find some way of rubbing against their partner’s body, against the base of his penis or pubic bone, and with rubbing to have enough stimulation to orgasm in intercourse.”
A chaplain at the college in northeastern Pennsylvania defended the "responsible" use of the chapel, according to The College Fix, while a college spokesperson declared the show offered a “great message.”
At the event, students sold buttons, t-shirts and hats bearing the program’s name at the chapel. Also on sale was "I Heart Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide," by Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot.
Even while the chapel is also being used for services during Lent, a period of reflection and preparation for the coming of the commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the sex educators contended masturbation is not a sin. “Some people figure out masturbation and orgasm as teenagers, some people figure it out later than that,” said Weinberg. Having described her lifelong penchant for self-pleasure, Weinberg said “And some people figure it out earlier than that. Like preschool age. I was part of that last category.”
Weinberg spoke about an oft-repeated portion of the Bible's Book of Genesis about masturbation. “So this primary anti-masturbation story is about this guy, Onan. … And Onan refused to sleep with his brother’s wife, so he spilled his seed on the ground — that’s how it’s defined — and for that, God struck him dead,” said Weinberg. Saying that scholars debate the exact meaning of the Bible and thus wide latitude in sexual practice is permissible. “A lot of Bible scholars say that’s the primary anti-masturbation story, but I don’t really see it,” she continued. “Onan wasn’t struck dead for masturbating. He was struck down for not sleeping with his brother’s wife. So the masturbation wasn’t the sin. So obviously, you know, the Bible is something that is interpreted in a lot of different ways.”
Students at the chapel event were treated to re-enactments by Weinberg and Miller of the famous fake orgasm scene from the movie “When Harry Met Sally” on a projected screen, while they also displayed different diagrams depicting women’s parts. “If you’ve got a vagina, your genitals are tucked pretty neatly inside your body. It’s a pretty handy place to keep one’s genitals, really. But because of this, many heterosexual women have never seen another woman’s vagina or vulva,” said Weinberg. “If you’ve got cool dangly parts down there, if you’re voluptuous, if one side’s longer than the other, if your va-jay-jay’s got some character, some personality, it’s not a sign that you’re abnormal and deformed. It’s a sign that you’re a healthy adult woman.”
The event was hosted by Allegheny’s student government and Allegheny College’s Reproductive Health Coalition, along with Young Feminists and Queers and Allies. It was funded by student activities fees.