This Qualifies as "Education"?

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Students watch a woman being pleasured by a sex toy as part of class at Northwestern University
A live sex act was performed in front of a group of students at a top university which involved a woman being brought to orgasm by a machine-powered saw with a phallic object instead of a blade. Northwestern University, in Chicago held the unusual demonstration at the campus last week in which a group of students watched a naked woman being penetrated by the powerful sex toy. The graphic act was performed in front of about 100 students in psychology professor John Michael Bailey’s human sexuality class.
Ken Melvoin-Berg, co-owner of Weird Chicago Tours, was paid around $400 to guest lecture at the university which was organised by Professor Bailey. His discussion on bondage, swinging and other sexual fetishes included video footage of a woman who was having an orgasm, but when it was deemed unrealistic, the idea of a live sex act was introduced.
Both Professor Bailey and Melvoin-Berg said they gave the students multiple warnings about how graphic it was going to be and gave them the option of leaving, which some did. Demonstrators Jim Marcus and his fiancée Faith Kroll said they had not planned to show off the sex act at first but it seemed like a reasonable thing to do after the disappointing video footage. The woman undressed and got on stage with her male partner, who used the device to bring her to orgasm. Melvoin-Berg said the couple are exhibitionists who enjoy having people watch them have sex, and they were not paid for the demonstration.
Melvoin-Berg called it an educational experience for the students, and said it lasted about three minutes. ‘We wanted to share not only our lifestyles and talk about it, but demonstrate what we do in our personal lives.”
However, the president of Northwestern University Morton Schapiro said today he was launching an investigation as he was ‘troubled and disappointed’ by what happened. “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.”
The American Association of University Professors defines academic freedom as the freedom to teach, conduct research, address institutional policy and speak on broader social, economic and political interests, said Greg Scholtz, a director at the organization. “First, academic freedom does not protect professional misconduct and incompetence in teaching research. The question is, who is to determine whether something is of a nature of misconduct or incompetence?”
I’m with Schapiro on this one. Totally inappropriate to demonstrate this activity. If this qualifies as “education” why waste tuition money when you could get this “lesson” on-line, for free?
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0 responses to “This Qualifies as "Education"?

  1. This has nothing to do with the faculty’s “poor judgment.” This is demonic; perverse. Can we as a society sink any lower….

     
  2. Candance Moore

    when you have a human sexuality class in your catalog, when else do you think is going to happen?

     
  3. this is sick-crosses the line. this is the type of thing the commies are pushing-more to demoralize society. the sick twisted thing in the whitehouse is probably all for this. Please educate all youth in family or friends in your circles-this is so wrong. It has to be stopped.

     
  4. lowtechgrannie

    And, it happened in Chicago…. another black eye for the notorious town.

     
    • Chicago — home of Man’s Country; Hugh Hefner’s Playboy; Oprah; Rev. Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ Black Liberation Theology Church; and the political beginning of “community organizer” Barack Steven Dunham Soetoro Obama.

       
      • sagebrush,
        Can you give us a link to that UN map?

         
        • Wow. That’s a lot to digest.
          I’ve scrupulously avoided studying and posting on Agenda 21, but it looks like I can no longer avoid the odious task. 🙁

           
          • sage,
            It’s a small world. I just realized that a month ago, I actually had read about this Northwestern U. Psych professor’s work on trans-sexualism and had drafted the beginning of a post on him! I will have to go back to that draft and do a post on him tomorrow. Heh heh heh….

             
          • I agree, sage. This has nothing to do with a college course on human sexuality. This is about Satanic ritual sex.

             
  5. They just felt they had to top performance artist Karen Finley sticking yams up herself in front of an audience, didn’t they… the Chicago intellectual scene for ya.

     
  6. lowtechgrannie

    NU Backtracks on Sex Toy Support
    By Lisa Balde
    NBCChicago.com updated 3/3/2011
    A day after news hit about an optional live-sex demonstration held at Northwestern University, the school is backtracking on its support of the presentation’s “advancement of knowledge.” “I am troubled and disappointed by what occurred,” Northwestern President Morton Schapiro said in a written statement issued Thursday, that runs counter to a statement the university released Wednesday. Schapiro said the school would fully investigate the specifics of the incident.
    On Feb. 21, Prof. John Michael Bailey, a psychology professor known for pushing the envelope, invited students from his human sexuality class to observe a non-student naked woman being stimulated with a motorized sex toy on stage. (Bailey released a statement defending his decision.) About 120 students attended the demonstration, which was curated by Chicago sex tour guide Ken Melvoin-Berg.
    “Many members of the Northwestern community are disturbed by what took place on our campus,” Schapiro said. “So am I.”
    On Wednesday, when the story broke, university spokesman Alan K. Cubbage said the university stood behind the action.
    “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. The University supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge,” a statement read.
    That’s apparently changed.
    Parents of a senior at the school are outraged, saying the incident tarnished Northwestern’s reputation. “Does an orgy fall under the umbrella of education?” Lynn Simmons told NBC Chicago. “Can we just really put anything out there under education?”
    The event was billed as a question-and-answer session about fetishes with a demonstration at the end, said Pratik Shah, a senior math and economics student. Students were warned of the nature of the class several times, and some walked out before the demonstration. “As long as there’s been proper warning, the people that stay shouldn’t feel offended,” Shah said. “They’re choosing to see what they’re seeing.”
    Despite the warning, Schapiro said the demonstration reflected extremely poor judgment. “I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University’s academic mission,” he said.
    Simmons, whose daughter was not present during the panel, said the demonstration should not be considered education. “I was completely shocked that the school would support and stand behind this,” Simmons said.

     

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