[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
There was truly a weird genius in the air when Monty Python did its best work given how applicable so much of their material has been over the years to multiple situations. It is hard to think of too many bodies of work that was so easily citable and quotable as being relevant to so many diverse circumstances. So for instance we have the NSFW Python skit based on sex education, which (ahem) climaxes with the teacher making love to his wife in front of his students in order to provide instruction.
So much for the claim that those who can’t, teach, eh?
But if you ever thought that this skit was too ridiculous to find a parallel in real life, well… just read below the fold.
A Northwestern University professor is under fire for reportedly holding an optional live-sex presentation on campus.
On Feb. 21, Psychology Prof. John Michael Bailey invited his “human sexuality” students to observe a non-student naked woman experiment with motorized sex toys on stage. According to the local NBC affiliate, about 120 students attended the demonstration. The questionable show was curated by Chicago “sex tour guide” Ken Melvoin-Berg.
“Talking about [sex] doesn’t always lend itself to this sort of thing,” Melvoin-Berg said. “We’re not just talking about it. We’re actually doing it.”
The University has reportedly declined to comment on the incident, but one student said the sex toy demonstration was billed as a question-and-answer session about sexual fetishes.
“Then, just out of nowhere, the girl just takes her pants off, takes her shirt off, takes her underwear off,” the stunned student said, adding that a number of people felt uncomfortable and promptly left. “As long as there’s been proper warning, the people that stay shouldn’t feel offended,” he said. “They‘re choosing to see what they’re seeing.”
I myself have to say that 1) if there is informed consent before this happens, and 2) none of the University’s money is going to this, I don’t think I would care even if I had a child enrolled in that school. But if I was in the University’s management, I would 1) be extremely dubious about the academic value of this and 2) extremely worried about hostile environment suits. I have seen suits over classical art depicting naked women; a live sex show would seem to be a clear invitation for a Title IX suit.
Of course the funniest line in the piece is this one:
Bailey’s controversial class attracted 622 Northwestern students this semester alone.
Ninety percent of which are probably men.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]