Oops. Apparently, when you run Sex Week, you don't think of pre-screening anything. After all when does the concept of "inappropriate" porn arrive with this crowd? Everyone wants to be "cavalier," because anything less makes you Jerry Falwell. But there's a force at Yale far more powerful than Christianity.
Enter the feminists at the Yale's Women Center, who were not pleased. Presca Ahn, who is the "fellowship coordinator" there, declared: "In porn, sex is not a normal, healthy part of normal, healthy lives; it's fetishized, exaggerated or embellished. Porn isn't honest. We need to talk honestly about it: It hurts women."
The film clips were abruptly ended, and the session went right into the Q&A. Sex Week coordinators made it very clear to the Yale Daily News they do not support the practices displayed in the film. Colin Adamo, Sex Week event coordinator, called the screening a grave mistake. "We really dropped the ball on this one," he said. "No one watched the movie before Paul showed it to the audience."
Unsurprisingly, that was not the pornographer's opinion. The Daily News reported that Adamo described the images as sexually unhealthy and disrespectful to women. But the pornographer's response "insinuated that he was a prude and just needed to watch more porn, Adamo said after the screening." Thus the solution to having any moral qualms about pornography is to drown yourself in more pornography.
No one in this controversy asked: Where are the grownups? Isn't there a one questioning his return on the annual $45,000 investment in "education"? Where are the administrators? Is there anyone at Yale who can provide students with a more rational voice than a hardcore pornographer? This whole controversy gives off a whiff of the inmates running the asylum.
To expect the Ivy League to reflect traditional values is to dabble in fantasy. But it's a sad cultural signpost when it's considered a prudish traditional value to object to films that seek to encourage men to build fantasy scenarios about violent sexual assault.