The College Fix presents a roundup of the top scandals, screw-ups, and stupid decisions involving college campuses. February has been a banner month for bad decisions. Let’s jump right in:
3. HEDONISM 101: A student group at Swarthmore College recently formed, for all intents and purposes, to promote group masturbation. The student organizer of the group says it’s not a “masturbation club,” but adds he wouldn’t stop its members from masturbating in front of each other if they’re comfortable with it.
Let’s be real. The “American Masturbatory Theater Company” is what its title implies. One need look no further than the wording of its fliers, posted across campus, which states its goal is to create “a space for creation, exploration, and understanding of intimacy. … To share ourselves and rejoice in the sharing … to cast our names into the fire, to destroy barriers … to experiment towards a sensation of unmediated intimacy, because it is good and beautiful and worthwhile.” In effect, a call to hedonism.
What’s worse is that this club doesn’t seem to be raising any concerns, if a general lack of mainstream media coverage on the group is any indication. But this shouldn’t be a “wink, wink, nudge, nudge – college students will be college students” situation. It’s morally offensive. Not the masturbation part per se – but the student orgy undertone and whatever-feels-good-do-it mantra is off the charts.
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2. NUTTY PROFESSORS: Two examples emerged this month that exposed how extreme and bizarre professors can be. Remember folks, the following are just two examples caught on film. It’s the only way we are truly able to peek into major college campuses and get a raw and honest glimpse of what is often going on therein.
Exhibit A: An Ohio State professor likens Republicans to apes and advises students that in order for females to achieve gender equality they need to start killing more people. Seriously.
Exhibit B: A science professor at Columbia University began a lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background. As the professor sat in the fetal position, two “actors” dressed in ninja costumes walked onstage and placed white stuffed animals – lambs – on stools before the audience. The ninjas blindfolded the lambs, then a ninja impaled one of the stuffed animals with a long sword and banged it against the stool – right as an image of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers on 9/11 started rolling on a large screen behind the performance. It was the start of a long and graphic series of disturbing war images played on screen.
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1. PORN ON CAMPUS: On Feb. 8, Washington University in St. Louis hosted a panel of porn stars who talked to students about what it’s like to work in the industry, and spoke on their most interesting sexual experiences, among other topics. The event was designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the pornography business, or for those who just wanted to see their favorite porn stars up close and personal.
In mid-February, as part of the University of Chicago’s inaugural “sex week,” the school flew in Axel Braun, the director of more than 400 pornographic films, for a Q-and-A. The school also screened one of his films, “Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody.”
To borrow a phrase, “The Porning of America” is alive and well at college campuses. The sad thing is: pornography is highly insulting and degrading to women; it ruins the sanctity and specialness of sexual intercourse; it desensitizes couples’ intimate experiences; it creates unrealistic expectations; it causes people to seek more and more sexual extremes in the bedroom; it has millions of men and women in an addictive vice grip; it’s filth passed off as normal.
Truly, the list goes on and on. Administrators at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Chicago should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for normalizing and promoting such smut.
Jennifer Kabbany is associate editor of The College Fix.
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