Yale and Porn

“It started a decade ago when Yale first hosted its infamous ‘Sex Week.’  It was Yale administrators who first saw the pedagogical potential of porn.”  Nathan Harden, Author of Sex & God at Yale

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Nathan Harden, Author, Sex & God at Yale; Pom, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad (Academic Questions, Winter, p. 487)

Universities around the country have started hosting presentations by for-profit corporations in the sex industry. Sex toy companies present kinky workshops in coveruniversity classrooms. Pom producers and performers show their films and lecture students about bedroom techniques.

Why all this interest in integrating XXX material into the classroom? It started a decade ago when Yale first hosted its infamous “Sex Week.” It was Yale admiriistrators’ who first saw the pedagogical potential of pom. Every other year since 2002 they have hosted a series of lectures and workshops known as “Sex , Week at Yale,” including sex toy giveaways, screenings of violent pom, student lingerie shows, how-to sadomasochism lessons, and at least one lecture by a topless pom star. (Had I not witnessed most of these things as a Yale undergrad, I wouldn’t have believed them possible.)

Many universities have followed Yate’s bawdy lead: Brown, Northeastern, the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, and Washington University in St. Louis have hosted Sex Weeks. Harvard and Cornell just jumped aboard. Numerous sex toy companies and porii producers and performers now make campus tours, speaking regularly in America’s classrooms.

As keen as most of our nation’s academic leaders are to profess their progressive concern for women’s rights, I wonder how they would have felt a few years ago during a classroom screening of a pom film featuring “rape fantasy” during Yale’s Sex Week. I’d like to hear their explanation for what playing host to the sex industry and obsessing over students’ sex lives has to do with the mission of a great university.

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