What we do
We aim to improve how our communities navigate sex and relationships in order to end sexual violence.
PLEASURE works on a model of culture change. We know that violence thrives in a culture that accepts or is indifferent to bigotry. We seek to change the environment and empower others to seek health and healthy relationships of all kinds. We reject all forms of Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia and Identity-based hatred. We aim to help each student explore and develop their own set of values and skills. As such, we strive for inclusivity in our discussions, welcoming participants of all backgrounds and perspectives.
We do our work in lots of ways. You might find a Pleasure Educator :
- On a committee working to change policy
- Hosting a study break about contraception or communication or erotica
- Presenting a workshop to athletes, FSILGs and other student group
- Hosting a larger event with other educators such as “Pleasure in the Dark” (an AMA about sex and relationships and consent and pleasure- anonymous & in the dark with glow things)
- Speaking up when they hear someone tell a hate-based ‘joke’
- Supporting a friend
- Having fun and sharing their passion for not just health- but pleasure
Started in 2015, Pleasure is a student-led effort to promote healthy relationships and eliminate sexual violence at MIT. We are sponsored and supported by the office for Violence Prevention and Response. In the fall of 2015, we implemented a pilot program in Random Hall consisting of peer-facilitated workshops on topics ranging from sexual health to communicating across cultures and value systems. Since then we have held workshops and facilitated conversations in nearly every dorm and we are actively expanding into FSILGs!
Becoming An Educator
Peer Educators act as leaders to facilitate discussions about a variety of relationship and sexual health topics. Educators are also empowered to support their fellow students with information and guidance about sexual health, relationship concerns and resources on campus.
New members undergo a thorough training process before the start of each term, which prepares them to lead workshops on sensitive topics and support friends who face challenges in their personal lives.
As members, Pleasure students enjoy the full-time support of VPR’s Vienna Rothberg, who coordinates member trainings and peer education workshops so that Pleasure Educators can focus on engaging with peers and deepening their understanding of healthy relationships and identity politics.
If you are interested in learning more, talk to any pleasure educator – or just go ahead an submit an application! We will schedule a brief interview with you where we will get to know you a bit and answer any questions you have. Trainings are held in late August and at the end of IAP. We sometimes schedule a 3rd training option over a long weekend. Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 training has gone entirely virtual!
We offer 5 standard modules. They are about an hour long and delivered by our Pleasure Educators upon request.
They are interactive, engaging, and directed at answering the questions that students most often ask.
- Communication and Consent: Understanding yes, no, and ask me another question
- Values Clarification: Understanding personal goals and boundaries
- Identity Politics: Understanding how our identities work for and against us
- Intimacy and Love: How, what, why of intimacy and love – romantic and otherwise
- Culture Hacking: Supporting your friends, shifting culture and shaping the world around you!