Nathan Harden a recent Yale grad seems to be conflating a few issues, namely sexism and sex positivism, in his recently published and might I add, catchily titled, “Sex and God, at Yale.” Harden complains that Yale University has become an “intellectual joke,” a training ground for smut where porn stars are the new educators.
A self-proclaimed young conservative Harden follows in the foot steps of his predecessors by glazing over detailed facts in favor or sweeping generalizations. Harden goes on to describe, “Yale’s cozy relationship with corporate interests in the sex industry,” citing lectures by adult entertainers; Sasha Grey, Ron Jeremy, and Buck Angel on campus. Harden writes:
During my time at Yale, the university hosted porn film screenings in its classrooms that included glamorized sexual violence and “fantasy rape.” Meanwhile, outside the classroom, frat boys were caught chanting “No Means Yes!” and “We Love Yale Sluts!”… It doesn’t take much to get from “fantasy rape” in the classroom to “No Means Yes!” on the campus quad.
Since its clear that conservatives have a problem understanding, not only how babies are made, but basic issues like the difference between rape, legitimate rape, and fantasy rape I see how this would be a logical conclusion for Harden. I wonder if the students who actually attended the “porn” lectures were the ones who actually chanted the sexist remarks? Did anyone fact check that? Perhaps it was the the dudes who didn’t go to Buck Angel’s talk about gender… just a thought.
Why not watch porn in the class room where it is open for critique and discussion, rather than the closeted corners of a frat house where no doubt it is regularly downloaded. When you get a bunch of repressed individual who don’t understand the difference between what is real, legitimate and fantasy then, Houston, we do have a problem.
But what do I know anyway I’m not a sex-pert, but neither is Harden, nor did I attended any of these lectures at Yale by sex-workers, and apparently neither did Harden. In the comments section of the Daily Beast where harden summarizes the contents of his book, Buck Angle writes in response:
Yale did not bring me in as an “expert” in sex so maybe you should get your facts straight before you write something so absurd as this! I was brought in to talk about my life as a transgender man and my work in the adult industry and how this has helped me and many other with our comfort level around our bodies.
I am far from an academic and by no means ever imply this, but that does not mean that I cannot educate as well.
If you would have attended my “talk” which by the way was a “Master’s Tea” and was fully booked with students very interested in what I had to say and even gave me a standing ovation, You might have learned something.
It is people like you who keep spreading this crap about the adult industry. There are lots of very good people who work in this industry and are trying to make America catch up with the rest of the world on how important a positive attitude toward sex is.
To bad you missed the whole point.