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Northwestern’s Black History Month Program Includes Lesson on BDSM

University to bring in 'two spirit healer' to teach how bondage can be used as 'tool of reclamation'

Northwestern University Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Northwestern University is celebrating Black History Month by hosting a "two spirit black and indigenous facilitator and healer" to teach students about how bondage and polygamy can be used to bring about "black sexual liberation."

The event, "unBound: Black Sexual Liberation," is presented by Northwestern as a "BDSM FUNdamentals workshop." It will feature Vee AKA Electr0papi, who is described as "an electro play and fire play enthusiast as well as a rope suspension top." Students and faculty who choose to participate in the virtual seminar "will be introduced to the ways that the body can harness BDSM play/Kink as a tool of reclamation," according to the university announcement.

The event is part of the Black History Month programming put on by the university's office of multicultural student affairs.

Vee is an online sex instructor whose other courses include Electro Play 101, where students learn how to use electricity for stimulation. In another one of Vee's classes, "Tied & Satisfied," students learn the fundamentals of rope play. Participants are asked to "BYOR," or "bring your own rope."

Other events put on by the university to commemorate Black History Month include a "Love+Liberation Ball" that will "center a conversation on the psycho-spiritual wellbeing of Black people." Attendees are asked to dress up for the event with "Afrofuturistic flair."

Northwestern did not respond to a request for comment on the event and whether university funds were used to pay for it. The office of multicultural student affairs also did not respond to a request for comment on how the bondage lesson fits into the mission of its Black History Month program.