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Dan Savage Was Paid $24,000 To Talk With College Students About Fisting

It pays to be Dan Savage… literally… and quite well.

Last month, the University of Oregon forked over $24,000 to have the sex columnist talk to students about fisting, gorilla suit fetishes and gay marriage. Over 400 people turned out for the event, which was funded by taxpayers.

The Register-Guard recently obtained a copy of Savage’s contract with the university through a Freedom of Information Act request. According to the details of the contract, the university paid Savage $24,000 to come to campus and answer students’ questions about sex for an hour and a half.

Savage had to pay for his own travel, lodging and meal costs, though the university did shuttle him from the airport to his hotel, and then to the university and back.

The visit was intended to promote the launch of the university’s new smartphone app, SexPositive. The app allows users to spin a wheel to link sexual positions and body parts with activities and objects — like “anal plug” and “stuffed animals.” The app also aims to educate users about safe-sex practices.

Officials said the app was downloaded over 4,000 times thanks to Savage’s endorsement.

“We are pleased with the activities to educate students about health,” said Keith Van Norman, marketing manager for the university health center, in a statement to the Register-Guard.

Van Norman also said the university believes Savage’s visit was well-worth the $24,000 price tag: “The return a university gets from sponsoring programs where students are exposed to nationally prominent people is in the form of sparking thought and considering new perspectives. This is part of the work of a university.”

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