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Class sex toy demonstration

2011-03-04 17:42:11.395167+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

The Daily Northwestern: Class sex toy demonstration causes controversy (NBC Chicago alt link).

Professor John Michael Bailey sent email to the class afterwards:

I recruited Ken MelvoinJBerg (Ken MB henceforth) because past speakers covering similar topics had not been very interesting—they had merely given powerpoint presentations, of which students get too many already. They were also unwilling to answer questions about their sex lives, which defeated the purpose of that particular presentation. I had met Ken and believe he is articulate, open, knowledgeable, entertaining, and yes, kinky. ...

Summary: Teacher arranges for relevant discussion inducing guest for college level class, taught to adults, administration responds negatively. You wanna know what's wrong with higher education today? In a nutshell.

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#Comment Administration responds negatively? made: 2011-03-04 23:25:34.119156+00 by: spl

This sounds like a pretty reasonable response:

NU administrators on Tuesday afternoon offered approving but cautious responses to the demonstration, with Dean of Students Burgwell Howard admitting he was "somewhat surprised" upon first hearing of the after-class presentation. The event, however, most likely "falls within the broad range of academic freedoms — whether one approves or disapproves," he wrote in an e-mail

In this case, I think the problem is the media and the overly conservative attitude of the general public.