Northwestern University has long been known for academic excellence, but a new class in a titillating field has recently raised a few brows. Professor John Michael Bailey taught a special after-class presentation on “networking for kinky people.”
The class was supplemental to Bailey’s human sexuality class and entirely optional. The curriculum included a demonstration of a woman being pleasured by her boyfriend with something called a “f***saw.”
Professor Bailey told FoxNews.com on Wednesday:
The demonstration, which included a woman who enjoyed providing a sexually explicit demonstration using a machine, surely counts as kinky, and hence, as relevant. Furthermore, earlier that day in my lecture I had talked about the attempts to silence sex research, and how this largely reflected sex negativity ... I did not wish, and I do not wish, to surrender to sex negativity and fear.
If there has to be a class on human sexuality (because college kids don’t do enough of their own exploring?), and it has to have a supplemental section on kink, how hard is it to describe the process rather than show it? Is nothing sacred anymore? Is refusing to show hardcore pornography really, as Professor Bailey says, surrendering to sex negativity and fear?
Is this a sign of the times? Do we no longer have a sense of decency? What if the students were encouraged to engage in hands-on participation? As the line of sexual complacency moves further out of the privacy of our bedrooms, how far will it go?
How far away are we from a world envisioned by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World, where children are encouraged to sexually play with one another and any reluctance or indication of shame is branded as abnormal? If this idea seems preposterous, imagine going back in time 100 or so years and telling the Victorians that college students in 2011 will be getting visual instruction on how to use sex toys. They would refuse to believe it.
It's one thing to be comfortable in your skin, your relationships, and your sexuality. It's another to promote promiscuity and culturally mock chastity.
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