Either things have changed a lot in the last 10 years, or I’m not going to the right parties. From here:
Ariel Levy attended Wesleyan University in the 1990s, and she doesn’t feel the better for it. It was a place where “group sex, to say nothing of casual sex, was de rigueur.” It was a place where they had “coed showers, on principle.” When Ms. Levy suggested to a department head that it would be nice to have at least one course in the traditional literary canon, she was dismissed with icy contempt. Yet elsewhere on campus a professor of the humanities taught a course on pornography featuring, um, detailed textual analysis.
It was all supposed to be so liberating. But it wasn’t, as Ms. Levy argues forcefully in “Female Chauvinist Pigs.” It was merely the academic groundwork for what she calls “raunch culture,” now so ubiquitous that we take it for granted. Young women wear shirts emblazoned with “Porn Star” across the chest. Teen stores sell “Cat in the Hat” thong underwear. Parents treat their daughters’ friends to “cardio striptease” classes for birthday parties. This is liberation?
A few points:
- Of course, the pornography class is mentioned. Again. This is because any article about Wesleyan must include three things: Marijuana, the “naked dorm”, and the pornography class. ENOUGH ALREADY.
- I was about to say that I didn’t understand how co-ed showers = sexual and raunchy, but then one word came to mind: Eclectic.
- Rampant casual sex? Check. Group sex? Ch–Wait, say what?!