Northwestern Sex Toy Demonstration = Crucial Life Skill

You won't find this lesson in here.
Faith Kroll
and Jim Marcus have caused a heap of trouble at Northwestern University after their human sexuality "lecture" gave 100 students a full view of Kroll's naked body while her fiance -- Marcus, a 45-year-old guest lecturer on kink -- masturbated her with a "sex saw," a device designed to bring a woman to orgasm with a saw-like motion.

One hundred Northwestern students are now scarred for life if you believe the university president, Morton Schapiro, who is launching an investigation into the live sex act, which was performed for students as part of an optional after-class lecture.

Maybe it's because I just returned from Amsterdam where live sex shows are everywhere or maybe it's because I honestly believe that the more we know about sex, the better it is, but I don't see a darn thing wrong with it.


The class was voluntary, the participants consented, and the act probably taught the students a whole lot about human sexuality and the female orgasm. So what is the problem? According to the Sun-Times, Schapiro said:

I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member. I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary, or in keeping with Northwestern University’s academic mission.

OK, well the academic mission of any college ought to be to prepare students for life. I went to a sex toy informational session on my college campus and, although there was no demonstration, there was a lot of informative and interesting discussion. The fact is, masturbation is an important part of sexuality. Although in this case, a partner was involved, the basic premise is that a sex toy is a part of (gasp!) human sexuality! The very title of the class!

The toy, as described by users, is technically a BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) toy but it’s not about pain. Quite the opposite. The idea is that the tool can provide a woman with an orgasm in three minutes. Fantastic.

So why are people getting all prude-y about this? Let's review: Students were warned. The people demonstrating it were in a committed relationship. And finally, the class is called HUMAN SEXUALITY. It's not about geology, people.

We should all learn how to successfully have an orgasm on our own or with a partner. If this class brought some women closer to that possibility in their own lives, then it has merit. The curriculum wasn't encouraging promiscuity or anything of the sort. It was teaching a life skill we all ought to know, one that is no less important than how to tie our shoes or solve a math equation.

Actually, scratch that. I use my orgasm skills a lot more in my real life than I do my algebra ones. I'd say it's more important.

Do you think learning to use sex toys is important?


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