A University of Chicago grad student’s op-ed in The Washington Times takes an intellectual approach to critiquing the school’s inaugural, porn-filled sex week.
Published Monday, student Marion Gabl spelled out how the event ran contrary to the venerable university’s founding, as well as good sense on the Left and the Right:
We might easily scorn the crudity, immorality and sheer absurdity of the University of Chicago’s first official “Sex Week” that occurred this February, which hosted 36 events ranging from porn showings to “history of sex” workshops, knot-tying demonstrations and, to be radically inclusive, “Augustine and Luther on Sexual Ethics.” …
The university, kindled by Rockefeller’s genius, is the place of the Manhattan Project, the place of Hayekian economics and cutting-edge neuroscience. This is the university “where Fun goes to die,” the institution that had in its history once outlawed varsity football because the sport kept resident (but apparently easily distracted) geniuses from academic prowess.
… Ask anyone who has visited Hyde Park: This is not your average ivy tower. Chicagoans skip showering to study and routinely forget supper. We watch foreign films. We gossip about the Akkadians rather than the Kardashians. Yet the vogue of Sex Week, the glitz and exoticism, has won the day. At any other campus, this is a sad tale of contemporary, debased culture; at Chicago, the phenomenon is especially ironic.
… Sex Week, the victor, is emblematic of the University of Chicago’s conflict between postmodern values-clarification and good solid Marxism, both of which dominate the academic cult.
… Preserving a culture requires that we jettison that which is inimical to the culture, and Sex Week — viewed from the perspectives of both neo-Marxism and intellectual conservatism, not to mention feminism — does not bolster a culture that values individual worth and intellectual robustness.”
Click here to read the entire column in The Washington Times.