While I seriously question the need for this demo I do support open discussions on the topic. Our Puritan beginnings have stunted America's awareness's in this subject and that can help spread diseases.
Just the other day the news said men can contract mouth cancer from the HPV virus.
"Northwestern faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial. That is the nature of a university. However, in this instance, I have directed that we investigate fully the specifics of this incident, and also clarify what constitutes appropriate pedagogy, both in this instance and in the future," he said.
"Many members of the Northwestern community are disturbed by what took place on our campus. So am I."
Bailey has defended the demonstration. In a statement Wednesday night, he said "the students find the events to be quite valuable, typically, because engaging real people in conversation provides useful examples and extensions of concepts students learn about in traditional academic ways."
Northwestern has acknowledged paying guest lecturer Ken Melvoin-Berg, co-owner of Weird Chicago Tours, several hundred dollars for a Feb. 21 discussion of bondage, swinging and other sexual fetishes where the demonstration took place.
Bailey gets extra funding from the university’s College of Arts & Sciences for lectures and other activities he routinely holds after class.
After an initial discussion at Ryan Family Auditorium, the class was told a couple was going to demonstrate the use of a sex toy and female orgasm.
“Both Professor Bailey and myself gave them five or six warnings about what was about to happen and it would be graphic,” Melvoin-Berg said.
The woman undressed and got on stage with her male partner, who used a device that looks like a machine-powered saw with a phallic object instead of a blade. Melvoin-Berg said the couple are exhibitionists who enjoy having people watch them have sex, and they were not paid for the demonstration.
Jim Marcus said he and his fianc? hadn’t planned to demonstrate the sex act at first, but decided to do so after the class watched a video on female orgasm that he thought was unrealistic. They already had brought the equipment to show as part of the discussion.
“It seems like a human sexuality class is a smart place to dispel some of the mistakes that we saw in the video,” said Marcus, a musician who also teaches sex education.
He said the demonstration with his fianc?, Faith Kroll, was different from a live sex show or pornography.
“I was more than happy to. We have fun with it,” Kroll said. “I’m an exhibitionist. I enjoy the attention, being seen by other people. It was entertaining because there were a lot of curious minds, so that was cool.”
Marcus insisted that "what we did was not designed to titillate people, but to educate people,” noting that the demonstration was accompanied by a discussion about safety and consent, for example.
“I hope (Bailey) doesn’t take a lot of flak for this," Marcus said Wednesday night. "But I suspect he will."
I'll believe corporations are persons when Texas executes one.: LBJ's Ghost