Skip to comments.Students Role-play Sadomasochism in Toronto University’s Sexual Diversity Program
Posted on 10/28/2006 10:32:32 AM PDT by wagglebee
TORONTO, Ontario, October 26, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - University of Toronto students in the Sexual Diversity Studies program explore sadomasochism, bondage and domination as part of an academic approach to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, Reuters reported October 20.
Described as edgy, the Sexual Diversity Studies program is one of the largest of its kind in North America. Students and teachers defend the program as a serious approach to sexual issues.
Its not sexy sex sex, where were talking about whips and chains, but we will talk about whips and chains, graduating student Robbie Morgan told Reuters. Well talk about whips and chains in a political, social, cultural, religious context of sexuality and how that sexuality affects those institutions.
Program director David Rayside told Reuters the content emphasis is often misunderstood.
Its a very serious analytical exercise and it isnt what a lot of people think it is.
Program courses include an arts and literature course called Queerly Canadian, and a drama class called Sexual Performance: Case Studies in S/M (sadomasochism).
Visiting lecturers will address technical aspects of flogging, restraint, and role-play, the Universitys website course description explains. Students will research questions (e.g. what constitutes coercion? Consent? Control? Submission? Can sexual practices transform our understanding of power?) by the optional performance of selected scenes.
Queerly Canadian asks students to look at how a queer perspective of identity could contribute to an alternative national politics.
Other courses include Theories of Sexuality and Sexual Diversity Politics. Created in 1998, the program offers both Major and Minor disciplines and is hoping to establish a Masters program within the next few years.
Sexual diversity has become an increasingly central emphasis of the University of Torontos social policy over the past decade. In 2003, then-president Robert Birgeneau wrote in the Toronto Star that the University had made great progress in ensuring the comfort level of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer students.
If anything is needed now, it is to move beyond the institutional level of acceptance to broad awareness and to celebrate sexual diversity on our campuses, Birgeneau wrote, in much the same way that we celebrate our remarkable ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Sexual Diversity program received a $1 million ($900,000) donation last week from Canadian winemaker Mark Bonham to expand the curriculum, Reuters reported.
To express concerns:
Contact University of Toronto President David Naylor
See related LifeSiteNews coverage:
U of Toronto President Hails Sexual 'Diversity'
It's immoral and perverse, not "edgy" and serious.
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This, of course, is quite obscene....
Isn't that special .. parents spend thousands of dollars so their kids can learn kinky sex
man, I betcha the information learned is REAL useful during a job interview..
But it is forbidden to mention Christ in the classroom.
A sexual perversity program..
Being utterly amoral,these freaks don't even *pretend* to be ashamed or embarrassed.
Depends on the job.
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Was the play written by Jim Webb?
Yes these parents are spending plenty and the fact is they can learn it all for free at almost any queer bar.
Its not sexy sex sex, where were talking about whips and chains, but we will talk about whips and chains, graduating student Robbie Morgan told Reuters.
Sounds like this graduating student does not have much to show for her education in terms of intelligent thought or discourse.