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Drugs, drinking, nudity, sex in public–Fox News reports on the increasingly extreme culture of students on Spring Break:

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Would you like to have electrodes implanted in your spine capable of giving you orgasms at the push of a button?

Soon you may have such an opportunity, if medical researchers have their way:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Scientists have patented a new machine that will provide orgasms for women at the push of a button.

A little smaller than a packet of cigarettes, the machine is designed to be a medical implant that uses electrodes to trigger an orgasm.  The device would help some women who suffer from orgasmic dysfunction.

During the operation, a patient would remain conscious so that a surgeon could correctly pinpoint the right nerves to fit the electrodes in a patient’s spinal cord.  Then, a signal generator would be connected which would be most likely implanted under the skin of a patient’s buttocks…

We’re not sure what to say about this except that we hope none of these patients gets accidentally paralyzed by the surgery.

Full story here.

(Via Drudge)

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Brigham Young University–Idaho has released a video encouraging its students to hold one another accountable on porn use.

The video shows a student viewing porn in his dorm room, then switches to combat footage, portraying the student as a wounded warrior who needs the help of his fellow soldiers.

The video includes audio from a speech by university president Kim B. Clark, who describes pornography as a “battlefield.”

Sure, this is a dramatization. But I applaud BYU–Idaho’s effort to bring attention to the damaging effects of porn. And the combat language does not overstate the importance of the issue. Porn truly is waging war on human dignity.

As it happens, I spoke at a symposium at Purdue University this past weekend on the topic of human trafficking and human dignity. One of the other speakers was Chrissy Moran, a former porn actress, who described how her history of sexual abuse and her own “bad choices,” set her down a dark road toward a career in porn.

It’s telling that while many men use porn, I’ve never met a man who wanted his sister or daughter or mother to be in the porn industry.

Why is that?

Maybe it’s because we have a hard time seeing the people in porn as people–as human beings, with feelings, hopes, desires and, often, painful and abusive personal histories.

It’s a lot more difficult to use someone when you think of them as an actual person. We wouldn’t want to feel we are taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability or history of abuse, would we?

That’s why a talk like Moran’s is so eye-opening. To use porn requires us to dehumanize another person, to treat her as an object that we use for our own gratification.

It’s very difficult, especially for us men, because the internet has made the most addictive, extreme, and violent pornography just a click away.

Defenders of porn say that as long as it involves consenting adults there’s no problem. Porn performers choose to do what they do, after all.

But to accept that argument, you have to believe that there is no other moral standard other than human consent. The violence and the brutality of today’s porn, in particular, make it difficult to ignore the ways porn debases us, difficult to ignore the fact that it is incompatible with human dignity.

Let me give you an example: During my talk at the symposium, I tell of my own exposure to violent pornography as a student during Yale University’s “Sex Week.” I saw a woman tied up with chains, stripped naked, and beaten by a man, who hurled insults at her all the while. It’s hard to come up with any definition of “human dignity” that covers such a thing.

And in fact, it’s the loss of respect for human dignity, fueled in part by the explosive growth of violent pornography online, that has accelerated the growth of human sex trafficking.

You think that’s a stretch? Try to find a sex offender who isn’t a porn addict.

Hold on, you say–porn doesn’t cause all users or even most to become sex criminals.

That may be true. Nevertheless, porn harms us in other ways–it affects even our ability to carry on healthy, loving relationships.

When boys learn at the earliest possible age to use others sexually, without regard to their humanity, there are enormous consequences. You are fooling yourself if you think it doesn’t affect how those boys treat women and girls when they grow up. See here and here for just a couple of examples.

If our sexual culture is focused only on using others to bring pleasure to ourselves, without regard to the dignity and well-being of the ones we use–what is the result?

The result is: We are all demeaned.

The result is: Lives are destroyed.

I leave you with a video clip taken from a talk at the symposium by Libby Swenson. Swenson is an advocate for International Justice Mission, a group that combats child sex slavery around the world.

(h/t The Daily Caller)

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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Students aren’t the only ones taking part in the college hook-up culture.

When the country’s literature faculty converge for their annual national Modern Language Association conference, some of the 7,500 in attendance take the opportunity to engage in random sexual hook-ups and academic role-playing fantasies facilitated by Craigslist, according to various reports.

The most notorious planned dalliance at the most recent conference, which took place last weekend in Chicago, went viral and was reported by the likes of Jezebel and The Chronicle of Higher Education. It tells the tale of a stressed-out scholar who wants to let off some steam through academic role-playing.

His Craiglist ad states in part:

MLA interviews, fraught with tension, can also be thick with eroticism. As a veteran of many (and a current job candidate), I’d like to indulge in a little stress-relief fantasy role-play at this year’s conference.

I propose to play interviewee to your interviewer. I will arrive at your MLA hotel room, in my interview suit, ready to discuss my research, my place in my field, my theoretical approaches, my teaching methods, etc.

You ask me the appropriate questions and listen, interrupt, challenge, acting as a typical faculty member of a hiring committee. …

Over the course of the interview we begin to cast flirtatious sidelong glances, adopt inviting body language and inch toward one other. At the right moment one of us makes the bold move of an innocent touch on the shoulder, followed by leaning in for a kiss. We both know it’s wrong, but we’re too titillated to stop.

The Chronicle of Higher Education found a couple more ads on Craigslist along these lines, although nothing quite as elaborate.

One stated: “I’m a professor and will be visiting Chicago … for a conference. I am 5’6″, 145 lbs., reasonably cute, trimmed beard, thin, glasses, into mild D/s and spanking type stuff. Please put ‘office hours’ in your subject line so that I know you’re real.”

Another scholar, a man looking for a man, said on Craiglist: ”I am hoping to find a guy who would come over, hang out, watch a movie, we could probably go to the hotel’s pool/spa, have a drink and have some fun if there’s chemistry. … It would be cool to hang out wearing boxer briefs/trunks (just an idea). I arrive in Chicago tomorrow Friday at noon. I know it’s been really cold over there so I am sure we can warm each other up.”

Apparently this is all par-for-the-MLA course.

Inside Higher Ed has reported extensively on the MLA’s reputation, noting in this 2012 brief article:

The annual meeting of the Modern Language Association has long been the site of hook-ups (and gossip about hook-ups, real, exaggerated and fictional). Craigslist personals for Seattle (the meeting location) provide an insight into the current status of the genre of the MLA pick-up line. (Historians and economists also held annual meetings last week, but only one related personal, from a historian, could be found from their meetings on Craigslist for Chicago, where both groups convened.) Among the MLA members posting on Craigslist, one wrote “Drop me a line and let’s see what extra credit work we can come up with.” Another listed his qualifications this way: “I’m attractive and a literary genius from the wrong side of the tracks.” Yet another asked those replying to “include either the word ‘De Man’ or ‘Derrida’ in your subject line.”

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Cable television networks such as HBO and Showtime are making explicit sex, nudity, and violence commonplace on America’s TV screens, showing graphic content that wouldn’t have been found on the small screen only a decade ago.

Many modern shows “contain sex and violence in ways that would have been unthinkable not too many years ago,” said UCLA professor of cinema and television Richard Walter in an interview with the French news network AFP.

The AFP report specifically cites the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which includes “multiple simulated orgasms and acres of nudity, as well as sex toys/research tools like one named the ‘Ulysses,’ basically a clear plastic vibrator with a camera inside, which films what happens in orgasm.”

Mainstream critics have given Masters of Sex wide acclaim, but in a recent article at NRO, David French calls the show “boring,” and points out the moral/political propaganda behind this and other similar programs:

It’s a boring show with a tragic ending. Don’t tell the writers, of course. To them, the story ends with liberation, with the defeat of the patriarchy, and with great sex for everybody.

But for millions in the real world, the story ends with grief, heartbreak, and a baby-momma sitting at home with three kids by two baby-daddies, with one late on child support and the other occasionally abusive. It ends with a bankrupt nation struggling to support an underclass whose salient characteristic is the very liberation from the stifling bonds of family that Masters of Sex so repetitively skewers…

In other words, Hollywood is good at glossing over the real-life consequences of immorality. Hollywood functions as the cultural engine that pushes our nation toward destructive behavior, leaving a generation’s worth of children with no fathers, ensnared in a poverty both spiritual and financial.

Read more of David French’s review at National Review Online.

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The Daily Mail reports on a degrading competition sponsored by a online hookup website in the UK–seeking the country’s “horniest student.”

A computer science student who boasts of sleeping with up to three men every week has been named Britain’s Horniest Student after entering a degrading online competition.

Elina Desaine, 20, doesn’t even know the names of all her sexual partners, but tries to keep track with handwritten list using descriptions such as ‘French guy’ and ‘third year’ to recall her trysts.

The University of Exeter student received £500 and a year’s supply of condoms after winning the competition run by controversial ‘no strings attached fun’ website, Shagatuni.com…

Latvian-born Elina who refers to herself as a ‘Slutvian’ and ‘Sexeter’, said winning the contest has made her ‘even hornier’.

The former pupil of the £4,000-a-term James Allens Girls’ School said one of her proudest moments is having sex in a university computer room, and admitted her ultimate goal is to seduce a lecturer.

Despite being begged by her housemates to take tests for sexually transmitted illnesses, the student claims she is ‘just having fun’.

‘All my friends are the same – we are all just up for having a great time and going out…

And you thought people went to university to get an education.

Read the full story here.

(Via: The Daily Caller)

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