Sunday, March 6, 2011

We Consider the Northwestern University Sex Toy Controversy

Let's take a break today from cursing CBS and muttering about "sunspots" and focus on an important story concerning education.

Sure, it was controversial, but we applaud Northwestern professor J. Michael Bailey's decision to allow a live sex-toy demonstration in an optional after-class lecture.

Chip: "It WAS optional, after all, although I can't imagine who would opt out on that sort of opportunity."

Apparently, Chip, a majority didn't bother to stick around:

"Nearly 600 students are in Bailey’s class this quarter, and most didn’t stick around for the after-class show..." (Sun-Times).

Richard: "See, this is the problem with students today: so apathetic they can't even stick around to watch a sex-toy demonstration. It's just like that Monty Python sketch where the teacher is boning his wife in front of a class of disinterested kids."

To be completely accurate, however, the live-sex portion of the lecture was apparently spontaneous. We can only hope that more students would have stuck around had they known what was about to occur.

Here's a statement from the professor:

“My hesitation concerned the likelihood that many people would find this inappropriate. 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.” (Sun-Times)

Chip: "Exactly. In fact, I can't believe KU's Dennis Dailey didn't think of this first. The ball's in your court now, sir."

And we'll end with our favorite quote, from Justin Smith, 21, one of the students who witnessed the event:

“It was for me academic like everything else."

Chip: "This fucking kid was probably taking notes instead of enjoying his boner."

Read a full account of the story here:


Colin Roe said...

i think this is one of the best things to happen on a campus/ and would have loved to be in class

Chip said...

Greatest lesson plan ever.