Northwestern students given live sex show

And all the (relevant) responses have been amazingly mature:

More than 100 Northwestern University students watched as a naked 25-year-old woman was penetrated by a sex toy wielded by her fiancee during an after-class session of the school’s popular “Human Sexuality” class.

The woman said she showed up at the Feb. 21 lecture in the Ryan Family Auditorium in Evanston expecting just to answer questions, but was game to demonstrate. The course’s professor on Wednesday acknowledged some initial hesitation, but said student feedback was “uniformly positive.”

And Northwestern defended the class and its professor.

“Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines,” said Alan K. Cubbage, vice president for University Relations. “The University supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge.”

Fantastic. Several students and the couple consented to the showing. And it happened. I find this incredibly refreshing. I’m sure there’s plenty of rage from the sexually immature Christian right, but who cares? They aren’t relevant to adult discussions on sexuality anyway.

I agree with other comments in the article that this is rather shocking, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s reality. People really do have sex and they really do use toys and they really do role play and they really do engage in fetishes. Not everyone is required to be comfortable discussing or viewing any of these things, or even doing many of them themselves, but I think it’s great that there are people out there – especially school administrations – that are mature enough to allow this. I think the ending quote from the class professor, John Michael Bailey, sums things up nicely:

“Do I have any regrets?” he wrote on Wednesday. “It is mostly too early to say. I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown ups rather than fragile children.”

11 Responses

  1. Well, most people were mature.

  2. I mean I don’t go to northwestern, so I don’t care. I just have to wonder about a lot of things.

    We weren’t allowed to cut our own hair in basic training do to sanitation concerns, understandable. Here we have bodily fluids involved. So I would have some concerns there.

    I also understand that there was payment made to these people. That’s fine, but that money came from customers, the students. If the students have a problem with it, than there’s a problem with it and that doesn’t mean just the students in attendance or in the class. Collective funds are the name of the game.

    Again, I don’t really care, but I don’t see that it’s immature for people to say it’s not appropriate for the school to have performers getting off in the classroom and it’s possibly a health hazard.

  3. I do have to say that the use of the word “wielded”, in that story, is great.

  4. I’m not sure what the students really gained her, it sounds like it was done for the sake of doing something outrageous, and I’m sure most of the attendees watched to satisfy something other than intellectual curiosity. That being said, I don’t see anyone harmed from this and no reason to say the gates of Hell have been flung wide.

  5. It was a unique experience that happened in an unusual setting and comes with controversy. How someone can think there wasn’t something to gain is actually confusing.

  6. Just found out J. Michael Bailey was the professor, that’s an interesting twist, I have a lot of respect of his work.

    Controvery and uniqueness do not imply anyone gained anything. You’re the claimmaker, how do those add up?

  7. Controvery and uniqueness do not imply anyone gained anything.

    Yes, they do.

  8. So the gain here is likely that this was a bad idea.


    Further more what the hell does a college need a human sexuality course for anyway? Isn’t that what the dorms are? If you need a class on sex at 18 you should just give it up.

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