KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Sex Week has been blasted by lawmakers as a misuse of money, and it's caused a black eye for U.T.
With classes like 'Afternoon Delight' and a drag show in the student union, what is actually being taught during the week at these classes?
Knoxville Pastor Darryll Rasnake held an open discussion Thursday afternoon called Longterm Intimacy: Commitment & Sex. The point of the discussion was to get the kids comfortable enough to ask questions about sex, especially how it relates to the church.
"I think we are so fascinated with sex that we can't get to the big issues," Rasnake explained to the class. "Like how we treat each other, how we love each other, about how we care for each other in our world."
Students asked questions ranging from same-sex marriages to sex before marriage.
Rasnake said he believes the church has done a poor job of accepting the gay community, but is encouraged by the generation in college now, because it doesn't seem to be a big issue for them.
Students who participated in the discussion said they came away feeling like they learned something, and it was a great setting to learn in.
"I just think it's informative," UT junior McKenzie Martin said. "It's teaching people things you don't really want to talk about with your parents, or you don't really feel comfortable walking about with your friends. It's a safe place to come and learn about things, and not feel embarrassed to ask questions."
But the university has been blasted for doing something as controversial as Sex Week, the state has even refused funding to the school because of it.
State Senator Stacey Campfield has voiced his opposition to it because student fees are being paid to cover the speakers.
"People who disagree with that shouldn't be forced to pay for it," Campfield said.
But in the end, speakers like Rasnake say it's all about the education and getting kids to talk about what they've always been taught is taboo.
"If it helps us have a better conversation about human sexuality, and if I can help have a better conversation about human sexuality and relationship to faith, then that is something I want to do," Rasnake said.