By Professor Doom
I can’t believe I have the phrase “anal sex” in a title of a blog posting about higher education, especially since I’m not talking about Penn State…but this is seriously what’s going on at college now.
College isn’t all classes, there are quite a few opportunities to learn in “short courses” called seminars or workshops. Seminars are usually research oriented, where like-minded individuals would gather to learn and discuss the results of a recent paper or result.
Workshops, on the other hand, are, well, more administratively-inspired, and unfortunates can go to workshops to learn the latest new definitions of sexual harassment, or new techniques in stress management, or the like.
I don’t know what the minimum standard is for the subject matter of a workshop, but, surely, this falls below it:
I’m no prude, and I try to keep an open mind about things, I really do, but…this is Harvard. One would think that Harvard, at least, would try to keep some decorum to higher education. Harvard acknowledges that this isn’t a serious topic, to judge by the title “What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101″…but I’m not sure such low humor is becoming of one of our supposedly top tier institutions.
““after looking at the schedule of events, though, I do question the amount of time and resources that went into planning and funding these events, some of which are downright vulgar, at a place like Harvard.”
I’m glad I’m not alone, and I totally respect that Harvard is a private institution (although they nevertheless get plenty of moolah from the government) so they can do whatever they want, but this is just wrong.
Even if “how to best have anal sex” was a legitimate research topic, a workshop on such a topic, at a place like Harvard, should be done by legitimate researchers. Who is going to run this workshop?
“So-called sex experts from a local adult store will lead the Tuesday talk, which seeks to “dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well,”
What’s next? Local fast food managers come in and run workshops on “how to dip French fries in boiling oil”? Actually, that’s the kind of talk that SHOULD be given, at least at the local community college. Well, it should if community colleges were even a little serious about giving their students relevant job skills, but I digress.
Back to the point, higher education has travelled way too far away from being even remotely relevant to what’s going on in the world today. I’ve qualified my rants about how “most” higher education is a joke today, and by “most” I meant that top schools like Harvard were still generally legit, at least with respect to the money they charge. Tuition at Harvard runs over $40,000 a year, and if the workshops are any indication of what that money is buying for students, I may have to reconsider using the word “most” in front of “higher education is a joke”.
So, apologies for the short post, but I’m simply at a loss for words when it comes to top schools now giving workshops on optimizing anal sex practices.