Sex Toy Bingo was started in 2015 with the goal of creating a fun and judgment-free event to educate students on consent, self-pleasure, and safe use of sex toys, plus encourage the exploration of sex, sexuality, and healthy relationships. The event takes place in the fall and winter semesters in Wyckham House. There’s a different theme for Sex Toy Bingo each semester, and students are encouraged to dress up according to the theme!
While Sex Toy Bingo is a fun event, it also fills some of the gaps that may have existed in the sex education that students received prior to starting university. From The State of Sex-Ed in Canada (2019):
“In sum, the sex-ed most young people in Canada receive is:
- Not meeting international standards and best practices nor is it meeting our own 2019 Canadian Guidelines for Sexuality Education;
- Not comprehensive;
- Not monitored or evaluated to ensure high-quality delivery; and
- Offered by educators who receive low to no support from provinces and educational systems and whose comfort levels are often low.”
A lack of education and open conversation about sex leads to stigma and misinformation, which is something that Sex Toy Bingo (twice a year) and Sexpo Week (in the fall semester) aim to improve upon. Sex Toy Bingo creates a safe space for students to have fun and express themselves while playing bingo for sex toys. There are also mini-games throughout the evening that help educate students, along with the Pride Centre booth and other educational resources.
The topics discussed leading up to the main Sex Toy Bingo event focus on the ‘taboo’ aspects of sex, sexuality, and sex toys to destigmatize some of the assumptions students may have or help students become more comfortable with these topics.
Sexpo Week offers workshops that focus on topics related to safe and consensual sex, communication, what healthy sexual relationships may look like, and more. See the workshop details and sign up.
Sex Toy Bingo is fast approaching on October 19th! The theme for this semester’s Sex Toy Bingo is Outer Space, so dress to impress in your best space-inspired attire to be entered in our door prize contest. Doors open at 7:30 pm. If you’re on the reservation list, be sure to arrive before 7:45 pm to guarantee your entry. The reservation list has now been filled, but there will be a limited amount of seats available at the door (make sure to show up early)! This is an 18+ event, so remember to bring one piece of valid, government-issued photo I.D. and your MRU One Card.
If you’re interested in learning more about sexual health, sexuality, and safe sex practices, or if you are looking for support in any of these areas, take a read through this list of resources.
SAMRU Pride Centre (Room Z211)
The Pride Centre is located in Room Z211 on the second floor of Wyckham House. In the Pride Centre, you will find:
- Pronoun Buttons
- Free Prophylactics
- A library
- Resources & Referrals
The Pride Centre also hosts ongoing programs throughout the year, such as Crafternoon and Wellness Wind Down. Check out the Pride Centre events calendar.
SAMRU’s Dating, Domestic, and Sexual Violence Support
If you or someone you know has been victimized by dating, domestic, or sexual violence, you are not alone. Help is available. SAMRU offers information, support, and resources.
MRU Wellness Services (Room U216)
MRU Wellness Services is located in Room U216 (on the way to Recreation) and provides a variety of services and resources. If you are seeking sexual health education and/or STI testing, the services at the Health Services Medical Clinic are available to these MRU community members:
- All credit students, including occupational programs in Continuing Education.
- The spouse and child dependents of students living in the Indigenous Family Residence program at Mount Royal.
Below are some additional online and off-campus resources so that you can get the education, information, and support you may need.
Sex & U
SexandU.ca provides accurate, credible, and up-to-date information and education on topics related to sexual and reproductive health.
Centre for Sexuality
The Centre for Sexuality provides education, training, and counselling services.
Alberta Health Services – Sexual and Reproductive Health
AHS provides resources and information to Albertans on a wide variety of sexual and reproductive health topics.
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse provides support to those affected by sexual violence.
If you have additional questions or are looking for a resource that is not on this list, please reach out to email@example.com