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Here's irony for you -- we live in an age with unparalleled access to information about sex.  We live in an age with unparalleled openness about sex.  And yet, we still have the same stupid biases treating people like dirt just because they enjoy or want to know more about sex.

A member of my family who went to Northwestern doesn't like all the cheap shots I take at it, such as renaming the football field because of a big money contribution or the test cheating scandal or other stuff.  Oh, he doesn't like it at all.  Whether I should be sad that he doesn't read this or thrilled he doesn't read this, I can't say for sure.

Northwestern University offered a course on human sexuality taught by Professor Michael Bailey, who also teaches psychopathy and statistics.  Bailey made headlines earlier this year when one class featured a live demonstration of how to use a motorized sex toy.  That's as close to a description as I can find.  I suspect it's just a vibrator or something and not a Sybian.  Sybian, smart ass, not Symbian.  Symbian fucks you in a different way and you'll end up paying more for it.

I thought about writing a piece up on it at the time, but it simply slipped my mind.  Ultimately, what we have here is a class of ADULTS attending a class VOLUNTARILY to learn about sex.  Not only is it their right, but I think the world would be a better place if more people got some schooling in sex (amiright, ladies?).  Shocking to find out this is happening at a university?  No more so than the Tupperware-style sex toy parties they have.  People are naturally curious about sex.  And not only was this happening in a classroom environment (I don't know about you, but when I think "romantic ambiance, classroom is not the first thing that comes to mind), but Morton Schapiro, the NU President, supported it.  So you had a bunch of people hyping and that was it.

Then, Schapiro flipped and criticized the course, saying Bailey showed "extremely poor judgment".  Apparently, it's okay to seek out volunteers to teach you about sex (many with questionable resumes and experiences) but actual instruction is out.  Now, the class has been dropped from the curriculum.  "Courses in human sexuality are offered in a variety of academic departments in other universities, and Northwestern is reviewing how such a course best fits into the university’s curriculum,” said NU spokesman Alan Cubbage in a statement. “At Northwestern University, the dean of a college/school has the right and responsibility to determine course assignments.”

I believe that sex is a privilege.  Not a right, but a privilege.  If you show you are responsible and are willing to accept the risks and minimize what risks you can, you should be allowed to enjoy it.  This isn't like the questions about sex education for kids in school, these are adults looking to learn more.  They are demonstrating that they are being responsible.  And they get the hammer.  Meanwhile, a certain family member of mine who could really use sexual education ("What do you mean, she's pregnant?  We only did it once.") gets to fuck like a bunny, leaving broken hearts, at least one child, and a massive wave of disappointment in his wake.

We will never be able to truly understand sex until everyone stops acting like it's a boogeyman.

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mornblade
May. 11th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
The sex toy mentioned above made a bit of a ruckus in the news very briefly. One news source reported it as being "a dildo attached to a Sawz-All", and provided a photo of the actual item in question. Milwaukee Tools, owners of the "Sawz-All" name, demanded a retraction, as the item in the photo was clearly a reciprocating saw of a brand other than their own.
sinetimore
May. 11th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
In that case, I'd sign up for the course just to see what they were doing with it!
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