With 'workshop’ of female masturbation and 'gaymada', event at the Faculty of Medicine, USP causes controversy

University was accused in social networks of irregular spending of public money.
11/08/2018 15h42 - Updated 11/08/2018 15h42
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Diversity Week promoted by the students of the Academic Center of the Faculty of Medicine, USP (FMUSP) It is already in its third edition, but two activities that are part of the program this year provoked criticism: the "Siririca Workshop" (term used to refer to female masturbation) and "Gaymada".

The issue gained effect on social networks and some netizens questioned the use of public funds university. "Public money financing the slapstick", said one of the comments in the publication. "Sexual Orgy now part of the academic grade", He claimed another.

in a statement, the Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo (FMUSP) states that did not participate in the organization of the third week of Diversity and hit back at criticism over the alleged irregular use of public money.

“This is an event promoted only by students represented by the Academic Center Oswaldo Cruz (CAOC) and there is no use of money from the USP. We respect the freedom of expression of students and the free expression of support for diversity.”

According to organizers, the purpose of the event, will happen days 13 a 18 August at FMUSP, It is to bring the university space issues that are addressed in some degree and are considered relevant to the formation of good health professionals. Among the topics discussed are also inclusion of people with disabilities, quotas, racism and role of women.

The organization also responded to accusations. The text says that the expenses were all covered by the Academic Center Oswaldo Cruz, and not the University of São Paulo.

"We understand that the USP is a public university and the space of our faculty is maintained by public funds; but, at no time, individuals are unable to organize their own events inside ", the text says.

"In addition to the understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology, It is part of our training as health professionals and as citizens try to understand the diversity that we encounter in the course of our lives. We can not just ignore our social role and potential to bring people's attention to improvements. So we believe in the importance of debates ", still claim. (Read the full below)

Contrary to what was said in social networks, the "Sirirca Workshop" is not intended to be a practical lesson masturbation. The event description states that the aim is to discuss the taboo surrounding female sexuality.

"Knowing one's own body, decide on it, seek pleasure, have wants and desires - all these actions are criticized and suppressed, which leads not only to problems in sexual satisfaction, but also compulsory maternity, standardization of harassment and female submission and lack of understanding about health issues ", the text says.

Organizers of the "Gaymada", which have no connection with USP, They describe the activity as "burned games facing the public lesbian, trans, bisexual and gay, in Sao Paulo city, as a form of occupation of public space ". Second note, It will be a "just a playful and sporting event".

See the full note:
[CLARIFICATION NOTE]

The organization of the third week of Diversity is, hereby note, provide details by the great impact on the disclosure of the full program.

The III Diversity Week aims to bring to the university space issues that are little discussed in our training and we consider relevant to the formation of good health professionals. We received a lot of criticism with regard to the relevance of the topics selected for this year's events. Every year there are numerous ideas, which are much debated among the people involved in the organization, until those who are selected to judge interest, innovative and relevant in healthcare. Clearly there is a cutout, focusing on gender and sexuality issues, but we are clear that these are not the only neglected and important issues in medical training.

However, the LGBT population brings specific health demands and, more, It is socially marginalized, having the event, therefore, also an objective of promoting integration and addressing issues ignored in society as a whole. These health characteristics are not discussed in class because they are not included in nuclear medicine curriculum, then we believe it is necessary to bring them into academia. Social minorities are, seek the health service, and we must learn to meet them with dignity, respect and quality.

We understand that the USP is a public university and the space of our faculty is maintained by public funds; but, at no time, individuals are unable to organize their own events inside, from political debates, yoga and meditation classes, dance and music performances, up training and extension in health events, how our programming. The USP of the Diversity Week was organized with the support of the Academic Center Oswaldo Cruz (CAOC), and any and all expenses for food and transportation for guests, when there was, and the disclosure of the events will be paid by the CAOC. Like this, clarify again that it is not money from the Faculty being used to promote the Week, but the money obtained independently by the CAOC. The direction of the College at no time was involved with the planning and organization of the event – though we not understand that this would be problematic in any way.

Speaking specifically of the two events on the schedule caused more controversy – Siririca and Gaymada workshop -, we want to give our opinion as the disclosures were somewhat distorted. We reiterate that neither of these two events has cost some, the biggest concern is the expenditure of public money.

About Siririca Workshop, We emphasize what has already been placed on the description of the event itself: it is not practical, this is not an event for masturbation in women and trans men, but an event on sexuality delxs. The name of this event is just an allusion, made with the intention of, sim, shock and bring attention to an issue that continues, unfortunately, It is a taboo. The workshop purpose is not to teach the siririca, more discussion, from it, the sexuality of women in our socio-historical context: how often women are suppressed, how this impacts your sexuality and how to talk about it openly aids the body's self journey and empower women. It is trying to change a social reality in which women are charged whores and depraved resolve openly express and embrace their sexuality. It is show that it is not shameful to know his own body and have autonomy to provide an orgasm – cisgender men have been doing it forever without being judged, so why this repression when it comes to women and trans men? It is discussing compulsory maternity, sexual violence and many other important issues. The controversy surrounding this event only underscores its importance.

A Gaymada, in turn, is an event organized with a group that organizes burned games facing the LGBT population by city, aiming to occupy public spaces and promote integration among this population. It's just a playful and sporting event.

In conclusion, we understand that, beyond the understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology, It is part of our training as health professionals and as citizens try to understand the diversity that we encounter in the course of our lives. We can not just ignore our social role and potential to bring people's attention to improvements. So we believe in the importance of enlightening debates, that take in the comfort zone, and finally instigate us to reflect and come up with feasible proposals for significant changes in society and, more specifically, in our professional area, the health service, especially given that the focus of our work is through SUS: public health and wide to anyone and everyone of the population.

No further,

Organization III USP Diversity Week

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