“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.” – G. K. Chesterton
Katherine Timpf reports for CampusReform, Mar. 5, 2013, that last Saturday, March 2, the ivory-towered Ivy League Yale University hosted a “sensitivity training” workshop in which students were asked to consider topics such as bestiality, incest, and accepting money for sex.
The event was part of Yale’s Sex Weekend, which ran from Feb. 28 through March 3. Sponsors included Yale Women’s Center, Undergraduate Organizations Committee, the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Education Center at Yale, and SeLF: The Sexual Literacy Forum.
Giuliana Berry (Source: Giuliana’s Facebook page)
Event director Giuliana Berry (class of 2014) told Campus Reform that the workshop was brought to campus to teach students not to automatically judge people who may have engaged in these sorts of activities, but rather to respond with “understanding” and “compassion.”
She referred to the range of sexual activities discussed in the workshop as “sexual diversity”: “People do engage in some of these activities that we believe only for example perverts engage in. What the goal is is to increase compassion for people who may engage in activities that are not what you would personally consider normal. [The workshop] tries to get people to be more sensitive … to sexual diversity. We’re not all heterosexual, able-bodied folks who have standard missionary sex.”
The workshop, entitled “Sex: Am I Normal,” was hosted by “sexologist” Dr. Jill McDevitt (above), who just happens to own a for-profit sex store called Feminique in West Chester, Pa. (see below)
McDevitt taught the approximately 40 students at the workshop that just because people think something is deviant does not mean that it is bad. She told Campus Reform: “It’s sensitivity training. Don’t judge other people, because we all have something we are embarrassed about.”
Students attending the workshop anonymously asked and answered questions about sex using their cell phones, and viewed the responses in real time in the form of bar charts.
Survey responses revealed that 9% of attendees had been paid for sex, 3% had engaged in bestiality, and 52% had participated in “consensual pain” during sex, according to an article published in the Yale Daily News on Monday.
Several students submitted discussion topics about having incestuous sexual fantasies. Attendee Alex Saeedy ’15, told the News that he at first found this surprising, but then “thought it might be more of a psychological thing we all might have. I think that’s what the point of the workshop was — to bring up things we thought we so taboo and desire or urges we criticize are just regular parts of sexual psychology.”
“We should challenge the relativism that tells us there is no right or wrong, when every instinct of our mind knows it is not so, and is a mere excuse to allow us to indulge in what we believe we can get away with. A world without values quickly becomes a world without value.” ― Jonathan Sacks
H/t FOTM’s Sunny