Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Should College Students be Getting Their XXX Degrees?
Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Ashley Herzog

Posted on 12/05/2012 3:47:04 PM PST by Kaslin

That question was posed in response to a new report from WORLD on Campus about the pornification of American universities. According to WORLD, self-styled “porn scholars” in fields ranging from literature to law “believe in immersing their students in the porn culture. Last year, 50 schools offered courses that included in-depth pornography content.”

Students and their parents—many of whom take out massive loans or a second mortgage to cover outrageously inflated tuition—might “be surprised to learn they are paying…to watch, digest and learn to appreciate pornography in college.”

As someone three years out of college, the salacious details of the report didn’t shock me—although porn-y classes are even more extreme now than when I was on campus. Students in Wesleyan’s course “Pornography: The Writing of Prostitutes” are actually required to produce a piece of pornography in order to pass. Other courses require students to photograph their genitals or write out their sexual fantasies in explicit detail.

I also wasn’t surprised to see progressives defend the porno curriculum and lob accusations of “censorship” at critics.

“There's ‘no academic basis’ for studying pornography? That's total bull----,” feminist blog Jezebel declared. “Porn affects economics: it's a multi-billion dollar industry. Porn affects politics and the law: Los Angeles just voted to require actors to use condoms when filming sex scenes.”

I agree wholeheartedly that we should study the political and legal aspects of porn, as well as its effect on our relationships and sexualities. But is open-minded exploration of these issues really taking place in most classrooms? Nah. Instead, X-rated classes are often excuses for students to get their rocks off and get class credit for it, guided by pervy professors who have a prurient interest in their students’ sex lives. Defenders of the porn curriculum should check out “Sex and God at Yale” by alum Nathan Harden. Although limited to one campus, many pornified campuses are going the way of Yale.

America’s most prestigious university has become so awash in porn culture that the main event every year is Sex Week, which is actually “eleven continuous days of nonstop sex, sexuality, sexiness, and sexsationalism,” according to Harden. He says the goal of Sex Week “is not to educate, but to titillate”—and that’s putting it very mildly.

Highlights include sex toy demonstrations and giveaways, as well as a “porn star lookalike” contest judged by an adult film director. The organizers of Sex Week give platforms to head honchos of the porn industry, including Steven Hirsch, who has produced 1,200 adult films. Hirsch bragged to an admiring student audience about how many women he’s slept with (“thousands”) and downplayed the dark side of his industry. (When asked if he’d want his own daughter to appear in one of his films, Hirsch waffled.)

Sex Week doesn’t sound like academic inquiry. It sounds like an eleven-day infomercial for the adult industry, financed by tuition dollars.

While some students undoubtedly think this campus culture is a sweet deal, it creates a hostile, harassing atmosphere for others—especially women. An entire section of Harden’s book is titled “Yale’s war on women: How Yale sends the message to students that women should be valued for their bodies, rather than their minds.”

Yale attracts some of the brightest, most talented young women in the country. But when they arrive on campus, they are shown degrading hard-core porn in class and encouraged to participate in “porn star lookalike” contests. Older students rank incoming freshmen on physical attractiveness. Yale made headlines for a string of incidents involving fraternities, in which young men marched around campus chanting “No means yes, yes means anal” and carried signs declaring, “We love Yale sluts.”

Female students are valued for their willingness to “hook up” and have casual sex with their classmates—and this degradation is egged on by professors and administrators. Harden recounts how the Dean of Students sent out an e-mail on Halloween, ostensibly to address the issues of sexual assault and campus safety.

“He got awkwardly enthusiastic about students’ sexual prospects for the evening, writing wistfully about how ‘having the sex you want’ is something that ‘makes you smile the next day,’” Harden writes. Another administrator encouraged students to “find just the right words that…lead to glorious, consensual sex.”

This in-your-face, sex-obsessed atmosphere eventually led to complaints of discrimination against women. In the spring of 2011, Yale came under federal investigation for creating a “sexually hostile environment,” and for its “inadequate response to a long trend of sexual harassment.” Seventeen female students were named as complainants.

“I feel like because I have had to deal with certain sexual misconduct from my peers that I don't have equal access," Hannah Zeavin, a Yale student and complainant in the case, told ABC News. "I can't sleep well anymore and when I walk around Yale campus at night I'm scared." Some might be tempted to blame the students for the campus environment. Harden disagrees. He believes the tone is set by administrators and professors, most of whom are steeped in sexual liberationist ideology.

“Most universities today are run by leftist ideologues and free-love social revolutionaries left over from the sixties,” Harden told me in an interview. “The hyper-sexual culture they helped create has led to a me-first brand of sexuality, where the feelings, the well-being, and even the consent of others is disregarded in an all-out pursuit of getting ‘what I want, when I want it.’”

As a young person, I couldn’t agree more. Our students—and especially our young women—deserve better.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: college; education; highereducation; liberaleducation; liberalprofessors; pornography; students

1 posted on 12/05/2012 3:47:10 PM PST by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

When I was in college in the 1960’s enrolled in an advertising course, we used to debate the appropriateness of advertising women’s undergarments on television. Things have changed.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 3:49:49 PM PST by patriotsblood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

OK now: Let’s get serious. How do I apply for a job as Sex Course, Porn Professor.

What are the qualifications besides being able to keep erect during direction.How do I go about being taken seriously for wanting to teach the youth of America what they should be learning in the back seat of a car.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 3:56:44 PM PST by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: patriotsblood

In a class in mid-70’s college, I took “Altered States of Consciousness”. High point (pun intended, of course) was professor lecture on his experiences taking LSD.


4 posted on 12/05/2012 4:01:02 PM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: patriotsblood
One of my roommates in college about the same time ordered some "soft" porn from Sweden. When it hit the country, the main post office had him come down for an interview, as they had opened the package, suspecting porn.

As he told it, he explained he was "researching" porn for university and needed the materials. The postmaster referred to the ever-growing numbers of young, male researchers in this particular field. He gave him an alternative to admit he ordered the porn and the PO would comfiscate the package. He took the deal and went back to engineering. True story. The elders took care to see that youn'gns learned their lessons in those days, rather than just zero-tolerance punishment.

5 posted on 12/05/2012 4:01:41 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Venturer

First you have to be stupid enough to believe that a culture can completely degrade itself without consequences. After that it’s just a matter of dropping your pants.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 4:01:58 PM PST by crghill (Silly Mormons, God is triune.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

7 posted on 12/05/2012 4:02:36 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: patriotsblood

Nitwit parents are surprised to find out how much DRIVEL their little princes and princesses are being “taught”??? When they spend $200,000 on a house, though, they make SURE the place is not rotten with termites, crawling with mold or below sea level, etc... How about doing some RESEARCH?!


8 posted on 12/05/2012 4:02:44 PM PST by Frank_2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
...Students and their parents—many of whom take out massive loans or a second mortgage to cover outrageously inflated tuition

Colleges are largely tax-payer funded. We are paying for this trash.

9 posted on 12/05/2012 4:04:19 PM PST by Taggart_D
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

WOW, This is a serious article right?? Maybe it’s time to back to school.


10 posted on 12/05/2012 4:06:43 PM PST by eyeamok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: crghill

Do you really believe any college professor today is worried about degrading themselves or any consequences that result?

As long as they have Tenure, their problems are solved and they really do not care about the consequences to their students.


11 posted on 12/05/2012 4:07:36 PM PST by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Students in Wesleyan’s course “Pornography: The Writing of Prostitutes” are actually required to produce a piece of pornography in order to pass. Other courses require students to photograph their genitals or write out their sexual fantasies in explicit detail.

And people wonder why we're giving out H-1B visas to fill engineering slots.

12 posted on 12/05/2012 4:08:49 PM PST by Drew68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Venturer

PS, IT should be obvious (since these courses are not only allowed but designed) that college administrators are no better then their faculty.

So what happens when the mother of one of these young porn stars brings her homework home for Momma to see? Or worse -—it is posted on a porn site and her daddy is watching it at work


13 posted on 12/05/2012 4:11:35 PM PST by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Clinton's Surgeon General, Jocelyn Elders, M.D., said masturbation should be taught in schools. Now we know that the reason for this was to prepare for college.


Better to be wanted by the police than not wanted at all

14 posted on 12/05/2012 4:16:27 PM PST by Stepan12
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: crghill
First you have to be stupid enough to believe that a culture can completely degrade itself without consequences.

Even though they seem to enjoy it a lot while they are studying in our universities, the Muslims who will one day rule the Western countries are not real likely to let this kind of thing go on after they take power.

15 posted on 12/05/2012 4:17:24 PM PST by madprof98
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
The Communists intend to win on 'all' fronts. The 'sexual revolution' means something.

What goes around (comes around); and right now; we are not in a 'good place' on the circle.

God forbid they teach students the high road of 'moral reason'; but that would lead to their own ideological demise. They are not 'going there'. As for our Universities; feel much of America; better off; if they do not 'go there' either. That is to what we once could at least, imagine; as 'bastions' of higher learning. Almost a joke; by comparison, these pathetic days.

16 posted on 12/05/2012 4:39:41 PM PST by cricket
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I hear that you can get these degrees online in the comfort of your own home... Speaking of which, I better get back to my studies.

/s


17 posted on 12/05/2012 5:04:44 PM PST by Rodamala
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

18 posted on 12/05/2012 5:16:40 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: patriotsblood

Hopefully....these students own the video camera and a family member who is an accountant and an attorney....


19 posted on 12/05/2012 5:39:40 PM PST by ptsal (E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Venturer

No. I don’t but the guy was asking about how he could land the job.


20 posted on 12/05/2012 6:25:54 PM PST by crghill (Silly Mormons, God is triune.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin; Morgana; little jeremiah

and they wonder why this country is swirling down the toilet bowl


21 posted on 12/05/2012 6:32:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

http://www.drjudithreisman.com/about_dr_reisman.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9ztmp1yDq8


22 posted on 12/05/2012 7:09:28 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I had an English course in short stories at Virginia Tech in the early 70’s. The prof wanted us to get reading material (books) from a XXX store. He assigned seats so the class would sit boy-girl-boy-girl. I dropped the course.


23 posted on 12/05/2012 7:35:40 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Another in a series of useless “degrees” brought to us by the modern American academics to fleece gullible kids (and parents) out of gobs of money. Stupid people . . . where can you use this degree in the real world to find a job? Teaching drivel like this at some campus and furthering the insanity? Remember that positions at colleges and universities are limited for such bogus credentials and outside jobs are mostly nonexistent.
24 posted on 12/05/2012 10:46:56 PM PST by MasterGunner01
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: madprof98

>> the Muslims who will one day rule the Western countries

Islam is a war plan.


25 posted on 12/05/2012 10:51:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: crghill

It was a joke.


26 posted on 12/06/2012 3:55:44 AM PST by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Venturer

Sorry, I’m so series these days. :-)


27 posted on 12/06/2012 12:57:02 PM PST by crghill (Silly Mormons, God is triune.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson