Human Sexuality course at Northwestern studies neither

Northwestern University is getting a lot of heat for the live sex-act segment of an after-class presentation (on campus) on sexual arousal recently.

What’s lost in the maelstrom is the absolute farce this course is in the first place. Professor J. Michael Bailey’s Human Sexuality class has nothing to do with psychosexual development, morality, biology — nothing worthy of study; just an excuse for presenting risque and deviant sexual behaviors as normative.

The university initially came out in support of Bailey, but there’s nothing like bad press and angry benefactors to get administrators to change their minds. Now officials say they’re “investigating” and the president says the incident “represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member” and was not “appropriate, necessary, or in keeping with Northwestern University’s academic mission.”

Uh huh. And how about the course itself, Mr. President? You think it’s worthy of your academic mission or your students’ time and money? What exactly are they learning in a class like this?

Professor Bailey calls anyone who disagrees with his judgment a “fragile child,” versus the “open-minded grown-ups” he believes his students to be. The guest lecturer involved in the live sex-act presentation said, “I don’t think any of us understand why this is such a large issue.” 

Of course you don’t, sir — you run a company that gives sex tours. 


Zoe Romanowsky is writer, consultant, and coach. Her articles have appeared in "Catholic Digest," "Faith & Family," "National Catholic Register," "Our Sunday Visitor," "Urbanite," "Baltimore Eats," and Zo

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