B*llikens for Choice’s surprise encourages sex talk

Students have sex. That is the message the anonymous student group B*llikens for Choice brought to light on Wednesday, April 20, as the group distributed 1,000 condom-filled eggs around campus. Although B*llikens for Choice is not recognized as an official student organization, the group made a point to make their presence felt.

Their creative egg hunt was an outlet for free expression that had SLU’s campus talking about sex– a talk that is most often dreaded by parents and censored by the administration.

However,  the “sex talk” is an important conversation that should be free of fear and embarrassment, and these types of student demonstrations create a platform for open discussion.  While the eggs created a dialogue, this conversation could have been brought about in a different manner. Having an Easter egg hunt for condoms, though entertaining, is an immature way to bring about such an important topic.

As a Jesuit University that practices Catholic ideals, the University does not approve of the pro-choice mission of B*llikens for Choice, causing the group to stay anonymous.

As public citizens, we are granted freedom of expression, but the administration has certain regulations, by which all private students are obliged to abide.

If the administration made an exception to the rules, it would be unfair to both SLU and to fellow students who are subjected to conform to the University’s regulations.

Additionally, if an Easter egg surprise had been picked up by a visitor unfamiliar with the campus or condoms, then responsibility for the egg would have been thrust upon the administration, not B*llikens for Choice. There could have been a better way to distribute contraception to SLU students, possibly off campus, which would have stayed in line with the University principles.

Whether or not B*llikens for Choice went about expressing themselves in a way that is deemed acceptable in administration’s eyes, however, is not truly important now.

What is important is that their original egg hunt creates a conversation, essential to this time, where it is a fact that SLU students do have sex on campus and that student pregnancies may hinder education: The very reason this University exists.

“Sex talk” should not be censored, no matter what kind of views we hold, because the consequences of sex are serious, whether it be a reprimand from administration or pregnancy, and there should be an on going, comfortable conversation about it to prevent negative outcomes.