Live sex demo at Northwestern; I've been called many things, never "boring"
Oh my goodness. A professor at Northwestern University hired the fairly well-known Ken Melvoin-Berg, a highly kinky gentleman and also a ghost hunter (you only think I'm kidding), to give a presentation on BDSM to a human sexuality class. Ken provided the presentation and also a live sex show:
The woman undressed and got on stage with her male partner, who used a device that looks like a machine-powered saw with a phallic object instead of a blade. Melvoin-Berg said the couple are exhibitionists who enjoy having people watch them have sex, and they were not paid for the demonstration.
Jim Marcus said he and his fiancé hadn’t planned to show off the sex act at first, but decided to do so after the class watched a video on female orgasm that he thought was unrealistic. They already had brought the equipment to show as part of the discussion.
... “What we did was not designed to titillate people, but to educate people,” Marcus said. He said the demonstration was accompanied by a discussion about safety and consent, for example.
... “It is probably something I will remember for the rest of my life. I can’t say that about my Econ 202 class and the material that I learned there,” said Northwestern senior Justin Smith. Smith, 21, said students were told there would be a “sex tour operator” speaking about fetishes after class, but they didn’t initially know there would be a live demonstration.
Unmentioned in the above article: the sex toy used to provide the lady-orgasm is called the Fucksaw (I am still not making this up). One of my favorite blogs, MetaFilter, now has an astounding thread in which the commenters compete to come up with worse sex toy names.
As papers around Chicago have picked up this event and scandal has built, the Northwestern professor emailed his class:
I recruited Ken Melvoin-Berg because past speakers covering similar topics had not been very interesting—they had merely given powerpoint presentations, of which students get too many already. They were also unwilling to answer questions about their sex lives, which defeated the purpose of that particular presentation.
Full disclosure: I have spoken in this professor's class before; I spoke about BDSM and, indeed, I gave a PowerPoint presentation. In fact, I was wondering why the professor didn't invite me back this year. It hadn't actually occurred to me that it might be because I wasn't interesting enough -- but hey, I suppose if the standard for "interesting" is live sex demos with Fucksaws, I can understand that.