Northwestern University defends after-class live sex demonstration. If you go to the link you’ll get the details on an after-lecture demonstration held by a guy named Ken Melvoin-Berg who was paid “between $300 to $500″ by Northwestern U to do a sex show
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
Prof. Bailey is doing this research on a purely academic basis, or so he would like you to believe.
Melvoin-Berg said, “I did mention this was going to be the best money their parents had spent on their education,” but that depends on who you ask. I guess the “well-rounded education” has a different meaning than it did when I was in college.
While the sex show was unexpected, Northwestern U charges $50,000/yr tuition per student. Prof. John Michael Bailey’s sexuality class has nearly 600 students this quarter.
With a course that popular, you can bet the farm that Northwestern U isn’t going to take the sexuality class off the roster.
They might even get auditors, too.
Political science professor and blogger James Joyner comments,
These students are adults and attendance at the “demonstration” were non-compulsory. But I can’t for the life of me figure out what the intellectual value of this exercise was supposed to be.
UPDATE, Friday 4 March,
Northwestern changes its mind about the sex show