The Associated Students of Oregon State University are asking students if they want student fee dollars to be used to pay for the appearance Tristan Taormino, who was scheduled to speak at OSU’s upcoming Modern Sex conference.
Jan. 18, Taormino was uninvited to be the conference’s keynote speaker. University officials said conference planners could not use their allotted education and general fund dollars — taxpayer funds distributed through the Oregon legislature — to pay Taormino because of her background in pornography. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 14 to 16.
ASOSU president Andrew Struthers said he hopes at least 200 students respond to whether student fees could be used to pay for the appearance and travel expenses of the self-described “feminist pornographer.”
Taormino complained that the cancellation was short on notice and validity. She said her address to college audiences is about sexual empowerment and not as explicit as the content on her website, puckerup.com
Struthers said he’s spoken informally with student leaders and members of the general student population and so far has encountered no objections to paying Taormino using student fee dollars.
“Even the student leaders who’ve talked to students at-large have heard the same thing,” he said.
Struthers said it would cost approximately $4,000 to bring Taormino to campus, with $3,000 for her appearance fee and $1,000 for room and board.
OSU students pay $406.67 per term in student fees, meaning a student taking classes in fall, winter and spring terms pays $1,220.01. Students taking summer term classes pay an additional $296.08 in fees.
Students are invited to stop by ASOSU offices in Snell 149 or contact ASOSU Women’s Affairs Task Force director Sarah Hulse at wom
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