Come next year, UNC’s sexual health counseling may no longer be funded.
Steven Long, a member of the UNC-system Board of Governors, told The Daily Tar Heel in May that sexual health was not a top priority.
“Sexual health is not one of the top wellness concerns outside of preventing STDs,” he said in the article. “Most of the concerns, according to the Centers for Disease Control, are things such as stress, nutrition, a proper diet — those types of things. The emphasis was not on those higher priority wellness needs. To be generous, calling it sexual health, it was more sex counseling, it was not a wellness program."
Long said student funds should not promote diversity or social advocacy. In a memo, the Board of Governors singled out a Project Dinah event entitled “Orgasm? Yes, Please!” which has interactive sex education skits and includes a raffle for sex toys.
Long’s comments show he is fundamentally out of touch with the issues our students deal with on a daily basis. Sexual health counseling is absolutely necessary for college students — as much as, if not more so, than exercise, stress prevention and a healthy diet.