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Monday, August 15, 2005

I must be missing out on something

Where is that sexual chaos that the conservatives now claim is overruning colleges?

"The pressure on college youth to practice unhealthy behavior is much more intense than most adults realize," said Dr. Joe S. McIlhaney Jr., founder of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin, Texas.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common among college students, as are alcohol abuse, "date rape" and depression, he said.

Parents, university personnel and others who care about the well-being of young adults have to act, Dr. McIlhaney said. He offers a list of ideas, including a return to single-sex dorms and bathrooms, more abstinence and pro-marriage messages and parent-led "inspector committees" to track high-risk health behaviors on all U.S. campuses.

Single-sex dorms? Yeah, because students can't walk from one dorm to another to have sex. Actually, maybe having only single-sex dorms would be beneficial to students because they'd get more exercise on their way to hookups, thereby staving off the obesity epidemic.

Dr. McIlhaney isn't the only one concerned about sexual libertinism on campus.

Theology professor Vigen Guroian has decried "the sex carnival that is college life today."

Um, yeah, most college social life includes elephants and midgets and tigers jumping through hoops of fire.

Colleges once denounced debauchery, Mr. Guroian noted in an article on the Web site. "Today, colleges not only turn a blind eye to this behavior but also set up the conditions that foster and invite it," wrote Mr. Guroian, who teaches at Loyola College in Baltimore.

Indeed, college guidebooks talk about top "party" schools, while campus groups boldly advertise sex-toy sales, "fetish" fairs and other sexually oriented activities.

But those are fun!

Seriously, though, I think there are worse things in the world to worry about than dildos. Most of those fairs and activities promote a healthy, feminist view of sex that the rest of the world should really take a lesson from.

The article goes on to quote the rather aptly named author of a book about campus life:

Barrett Seaman, author of a new book on "excesses" in campus life, sees all this but offers a more complex portrait.

Yes, coed dorms can be rife with "hookups" and underage drinking, Mr. Seaman writes in "Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You."

But in his visits to residential halls on 12 college campuses, the former Time correspondent also saw many dorms with adults on site, enforced "quiet hours," lounges filled with late-night talking and dormmates treating one another "more like brothers and sisters than sex objects."

University officials are "very attentive" to campus behavior problems, partly out of fear they will be sued for not protecting students, said Mr. Seaman. "What they have to do is be as prophylactic as possible, in any way they can. No pun intended."

That Mr. Seaman is a clever one, ain't he?

The rest of the article talks about binge drinking and STDs, which I'm all for reducing. Certainly drinking too much makes it hard to get it up, and that alone should be enough reason to drink responsibly. Safe sex is good; sober sex is good. So is alliteration, but I digress.

In other words, the second page of the article presents some quite reasonable viewpoints about genuine problems that college students face, but the first page describes the same hysterical fundamentalists who have opposed openness about sexuality since the dawn of time. Every generation, they bemoan the wild habits of youth, while those young people have their fun and then quietly grow into responsible adults. I'm just glad we've come a long way since the days when such repressive attitudes were the norm.

Dude, where's my dildo?


  • At 7:49 AM, Blogger Michael J. West said…

    Of course, if parents wouldn't do so much to shield their children from the realities of sex, it wouldn't be such news to those children when they went off to college, and maybe they wouldn't be so fascinated by it that they had to try it themselves.

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Boinkette said…

    All parents have to do is say, "You should have sex! Sex is great! That's how your mom/dad and I got you!" and their kids will be scared off from sex for life...

  • At 11:27 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said…

    Carnival of sex? And clowns, boinkette! For the love of God, don't forget the clowns!!!!!!

  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said…

    Here is one example.
    Don't know if you have kids, but I won't pay to have my daughter go to that school.

    The University of Nude Copulating Asians

    Over course, I'm just overprotective...


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