Let's Talk about Reproductive Justice (and Sex)
By Clarissa Sansone
Oct. 23, 2012
Twenty-two teams competed in the Law Students for Reproductive Justice's second annual Sex Ed Trivia Night on Oct. 18. All of them were required to choose a team name; most of them cannot be reprinted here.
Suffice it to say that the team that won in the "best team name" category invoked the words of a certain Missouri Senate candidate as a metaphor for the effect of Michigan winters on the female libido. The team that won the trivia contest chose a colorful variation of "Textualist Statute Interpreters Seeking Punitive Damages," while the runner-up all-women team (the runners-up last year as well, incidentally) put an anatomically allusive spin on the word "literati."
Teams individually puzzled out two picture rounds (one a series of images of "Sex on the Big Screen," another an illustrated "Glorious Timeline of Prophylactics and Contraceptives"), as well as answering five rounds of five questions read aloud by the evening's enthusiastic hosts: Profs. Nick Bagley
and Julian Mortenson
(reprising their roles from last year) and Assistant Dean Sarah Zearfoss
(who just couldn't turn down LSRJ's earnest request).
Dean Zearfoss regularly supports student groups, Prof. Bagley specializes in health law, but why was Prof. Mortenson chosen? "I'm just a relatively young, relatively friendly professor," he posited, also speculating that students find his blushing and "saying dirty words" entertaining.
"It's fun," LSRJ co-president Elena Peifer, 2L, said of the evening, in addition to increasing LSRJ's visibility on campus. (Nearly a decade ago, MLaw founded one of the first chapters of LSRJ, a national organization.) Co-president Polina Demina, also a 2L, explained that Sex Ed Trivia was an effective way to raise awareness: "People get really shocked by some of the questions, and more shocked by the answers. They find some answers regressive," she said.
- In six states, pharmacists may refuse to fill a prescription on moral grounds.
- Though not strictly enforced, 18 states still have statutes on the books prohibiting sodomy.
- Same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa and Belgium, but not in France.
- Of the 50 states, 11 forbid the shackling of prisoners during labor and delivery (although the Federal Bureau of Prisons changed policy in 2008 and prohibits shackling in all but extreme cases).
Of course, the occasional question was not strictly law-related. And here are a few of the answers to those:
- 14 gallons.
- 28 mph.
- Yes: the tissue is very thin and tender.
- Between 4.0 and 4.5.
Although the back room at Conor O'Neill's Irish pub had cleared out by 10:30 (these are still law students, after all), maximum ribaldry was packed into the event's two hours, as evidenced by what was overheard: "I am the Swedish semen king." "It depends on who you sleep with and how much you read." "Nick Bagley wants to let you know that there is now a drug-resistant form of gonorrhea." (No, really—there's a New Yorker article about it.)
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