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No controversy at Northwestern over live sex demonstration

And why should there be controversy.  The demonstration occurred after class, it was optional and apparently involved only consenting adults.  And the dankprofessor finds it to be a breath of fresh air when the professor stated he had no regrets, after all he stated his students are open minded adults rather than fragile children.  Let us hope that the student as child obsessed are able to control their obsessive thinking, unlikely but not impossible.  Following is the text of the article-

Northwestern University defends after-class live sex demonstration

BY KARA SPAK 

Staff Reporter/kspak@suntimes.com

Last Modified: Mar 3, 2011 11:11AM

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.”

The optional, non-credit demo followed psychology Prof. John Michael Bailey’s sexuality class. Nearly 600 students are in Bailey’s class this quarter, and most didn’t stick around for the after-class show, which featured four members of Chicago’s fetish community describing “BDSM,” or bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism.

“I didn’t expect to see a live sex show,” said Justin Smith, 21, a senior economics and political science major who was in the after-class session. “We were told we were going to have some people talk to us about the fetish world and kink.”

Smith said it took him awhile to process what happened, but he doesn’t object to the way the material was presented.

“It was for me academic like everything else,” he said.

He told his grandparents about the class.

“My grandma was like, wow, Northwestern is a little bit different then when I went there,” he said.

In a statement, Bailey said he hesitated briefly before allowing the public sex act.

“My hesitation concerned the likelihood that many people would find this inappropriate,” he wrote. “My decision to say ‘yes’ reflected my inability to come up with a legitimate reason why students should not be able to watch such a demonstration.”

After the demonstration, several students tried a different sex toy that gave a “titillating” but not painful shock, testing it out on their arms, said Ken Melvoin-Berg, who narrated the after-class lecture. Melvoin-Berg said the school paid him between $300 to $500 for his appearance.

Faith Kroll, the woman who stripped, was laying down on a towel when she was penetrated. When she arrived, she thought she just would be answering students’ questions and showing off sex toys they brought, including whips, paddles and a clown wig.

An “absurd, clinical” video and subsequent discussion about various aspects of female orgasm led Faith and her partner Jim Marcus, 45, to prove to the class that female orgasm is real.

Faith said she was not coerced in any way and students were repeatedly warned it was going to get graphic.

“One of the students asked what my specific fetish was and mine is being in front of people, having the attention and being used,” she said. “The students seemed really intrigued.”

In his statement, Bailey said student feedback was “uniformly positive.”

Marcus, a musician who said he has worked as a sex educator, said he thinks it is “smart and important” for students to be learn about sexuality.

“It’s really scary for young people who want to get involved in the BDSM community who don’t understand issues regarding consent and safety,” he said.

Melvoin-Berg said he met Prof. Bailey through a swinging couple who previously spoke to the class. Melvoin-Berg runs the “Weird Chicago Red Light District Sex Tour,” which has participants playing games like “spot the ho” as they travel the city looking for prostitutes. He also teaches “Networking for Kinky People,” a 3-hour version of the one hour lecture he gave at Northwestern.

Melvoin-Berg said the sex toy used was BDSM, but was “not like a pain thing…we wanted to make it poignant.”

“I did mention this was going to be the best money their parents had spent on their education,” he said.

Bill Yarber, a researcher at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and author of the textbook Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, said he’s never heard of a naked woman being brought to orgasm in front of a class of students.

“The way you present it there is very unconventional,” he said. “There’s certain boundaries of things, I think, that are acceptable and that would certainly be pushing that.”

This isn’t Bailey’s first brush with controversy. His 2003 book, “The Man Who Would Be Queen,” sparked hostile debate in the transgender community by claiming that there were more reasons for men to become women then simply that biology trapped them in the wrong body. Several transgender women who spoke with Bailey claimed they did not consent to being used for research and accused him of practicing psychology without a license.

Bailey said in his statement Wednesday that during the Feb. 21 after-class lecture, “I was not in a mood to surrender to sex negativity and fear.”

“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.”

March 3, 2011 Posted by | exhibitionism, higher education, Northwestern University, public sex, sex | Leave a comment

Korean audience reaction to “Professor and the Female Student”

Korean audiences are having problems handling the theatrical presentation of “The Professor and The Female Student” which is “about a 45-year-old university lecturer discovering his power through sexual intercourse with his female student. The show includes a sex scene, where both actors are naked for about five minutes.”

The lead actress Choi Jae-kyeong

had to be replaced when  she suffered a nervous breakdown after it was discovered that a man had tried to video record images of her nude body with a hidden camera several days earlier.

A month earlier a man in the audience suffered a heart attack which he attributed to being overly excited.   Then a few weeks later a man from the audience tried to grab Choi during the play.

These incidents have been widely reported in the blogosphere and the dankprofessor blog has been visited by many seeking additional info on the play and the audience reaction.

The dankprofessor can offer very little on the subject since there were no students and no professors involved in the reported incidents.  Choi was play acting as a student and the male actor (name not given) was play acting as a professor.  Such is patently obvious.  But somehow some believe that this play and the audience reaction to it provides insight into student professor relationships.  Of course, student professor couples don’t have sex in public in front of an audience.

Only the dimwitted would use these audience reactions to the play as a basis for condemning student professor sexual relationships.  Clearly some Korean theatre goers can’t cope with sex and nudity on stage.  The Korean authorities should take the necessary steps to protect the play’s actors and actresses.  Let the show go on and hopefully Choi will recover and soon return to the stage.

January 4, 2010 Posted by | couples, Korea, nudity, public sex, sex, theatre | 1 Comment

Emma Thompson remains mute on Polanski

The actress Emma Thompson has made no public statement regarding her alleged withdrawal of her support for Roman Polanski. 

Yes, a student has reported that Emma has told her that she would take her name off a petition supporting Polanski, but she has told no one else and she has released no statement indicating said withdrawal. 

The Shakesville blog which had first reported on the student comment has had nothing to say on this since November 4.

Personally, the dankprofessor does not care what Thompson’s position is on Polanski.  I am not into the celebrity cult.  But hardcore left feminists apparently are into said cult.  They care about what Thompson says or not says on Polanski and they care about Polanski because he is a male and a celebrity.

I know the retort would be that they care about Polanski because they believe he is a rapist in the most ideal form.  Now if they really cared about bringing rapists to justice they would be picketing the city hall in Los Angeles and other major cities because DA’s do little or nothing about rape.  They leave the rape kits in storage unexamined.

And there is little or no emphasis on rapists at large.  Of course, the LA Times says that Roman Polanski is still a danger.  They must know something that we don’t know. Or maybe they have seen too many Polanski movies.  Maybe they and others really believe that it was Polanski who slammed the kid in the face in THE TENANT.

Here is what the dankprofessor knows.  The LA DA, the talking and writing heads all want to be on the Larry King Show which means they are “real” celebrities.  As Celebrity Paris Hilton said on the Larry King Show, “you (Larry ) are a legend”.

Now there are two people I know of who definitely don’t want to be on that show- Roman Polanski and Sarah Geimer.  They just want to be left alone.  Ironic isn’t it!

Enough said, at least for now.

November 23, 2009 Posted by | celebrities, Emma Thompson, public sex, Roman Polanski, sex, sexual politics | 1 Comment

University students engage in public sex in museum

Pravda reports- “In late February a group of young people visited the Timiryazev State Museum of Biology in Moscow. Instead of scrutinizing mammoth tusks and other exhibits they entered a museum room, grouped in pairs and started to have sex.”

Participating sex players were from the art-group Voina (WAR); a number of the participants were students from the Department of Philosophy at Moscow State University.

What is being called as a collective fuck action took place under a banner with the slogan “Fuck for heir Puppy Bear”. For pictures of this sex action click here. Reactions to the action can also be found at that site.

On February 29 the Voina group staged the “Fuck for the heir Puppy Bear!” action 2 days prior to the presidential elections in Russia on March 2.

The action took place in Moscow’s Biological museum underneath the banner with the motto.

An anarchist website reported-

The demonstration was set to support the Kremlin candidate – Vice-premier Dmitry Medvedev, who is to become successor to President Putin after the expected overwhelming majority in Sunday’s vote. While some claim today’s elections a profanation of a just and democratic political process with complete media control and authoritarian oppression of opposition forces by Putin’s govenment, the Voina has decided to step out and show it’s level of involvement in the political process by directing the group’s energy towards the inexperienced “Puppy Bear” at the beginning of his long path – in a situation when the decided outcome demands no passionate voice from the voter.

The pet name “Puppy Bear” is derived from the etymology of Mr. Medvedev’s surname meaning “bear”.

As one might expect, the powers that be in Moscow did not have a favorable view of the sex action. Pravda stated- “The students broke a rule of universal human morality with their performance.” However, not to be expected was the fact that there is no law in Russia prohibiting sex in public. However, the sex demonstrators could be penalized via disorderly conduct ordinances. Apparently, such has not occurred.

I could find no information as to why the protesting sex engaging group chose a museum of biology for their exhibition. However, the dankprofessor is free to speculate that since the group has an art orientation and since their exhibit is in part of a biological nature, then a biological museum as their venue could be seen as a logical choice. After all, museums have always been receptive to those with an exhibitionism bent.

Of course, if such sex exhibits were to take pace in the United States, there would be a myriad of reactions. Lawyers would have a field day with some arguing that political public sex acts should be viewed as protected political speech.

I look forward to covering the public sex political situation in Russia, and to covering or uncovering such developments as they may occur in the ongoing U.S. political campaigns.

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March 28, 2008 Posted by | higher education, Moscow State University, public sex, sex, sexual politics | 1 Comment

   

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