Skip to comments.Should College Students be Getting Their XXX Degrees?
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 parentsmany of whom take out massive loans or a second mortgage to cover outrageously inflated tuitionmight 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 didnt shock mealthough porn-y classes are even more extreme now than when I was on campus. Students in Wesleyans 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 wasnt 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.
Americas 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 titillateand thats 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 hes slept with (thousands) and downplayed the dark side of his industry. (When asked if hed want his own daughter to appear in one of his films, Hirsch waffled.)
Sex Week doesnt 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 othersespecially women. An entire section of Hardens book is titled Yales 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 classmatesand 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 couldnt agree more. Our studentsand especially our young womendeserve better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
Colleges are largely tax-payer funded. We are paying for this trash.
WOW, This is a serious article right?? Maybe it’s time to back to school.
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.
And people wonder why we're giving out H-1B visas to fill engineering slots.
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
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.
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.
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.
Hopefully....these students own the video camera and a family member who is an accountant and an attorney....
No. I don’t but the guy was asking about how he could land the job.
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