Let's Talk About Sex ... Without Bristol Palin

Feb 11, 2011 at 8:00 am
Without Palin, attendance was limp.
Without Palin, attendance was limp.

Remember that Wash U sex panel that was supposed to feature Bristol Palin, until she bowed out in the face of protest?

Well, it turns out that the students who fought for her ouster weren't exactly gung-ho about the Palin-less panel, which addressed sexual health and ethics. According to an article in the university's student paper, the February 7 event drew a weak crowd -- as in more than half the room was empty. (Not exactly what the organizers meant by abstinence.)

Students apparently weren't too jazzed to listen to Palin's fill-ins, who weren't, shall we say, A-listers. The re-jiggered panel consisted of representatives from Student Health Services, Catholic Student Center, Planned Parenthood and Wash. U.'s med school.

"It is probably a lot smaller than the Palin event would have been," a student told the newspaper. "It's a bit disappointing actually. After getting her ousted, you should have the decency to come to the event."

Palin was originally invited to the panel to speak about abstinence, as a part of the university's "Sex Week." But the reality TV star, who commands about $20,000 per public appearance, drew such a protest among students she agreed to back out. Apparently, some folks weren't too keen on hearing an abstinence lecture by someone who just had a baby. With Levi Johnston.

But were the protesters who mobilized to remove from the panel Palin obliged to attend it? Or is it possible to be against Palin's presence on campus without necessarily being invested in Sex Week?