UPDATE: A few interesting follow-up links to share on this story, that’s really become more of a silly non-story.
The L.A. Times has written about it. Meanwhile, The Collegian at Fresno State put together the most comprehensive story on this that I’ve seen — getting the teacher to talk and clarifying that the whole thing was more of an “lol” moment for the anonymous student, who has since apologized to the teacher. Another student in the class had a letter published in The Bee today defending the teacher as well.
So just to recap: It sounds like the only person actually upset about this is conservative blogger/activist Oliver Darcy, who isn’t in the class, doesn’t attend Fresno State, isn’t even in the state and is jumping on his moral high-horse based on an “lol” tweet and an online synopsis. Way to go, Oliver. *eyeroll*
ORIGINAL POST, 4/17: The human sexuality class at Fresno State has ruffled the feathers of some conservative activists because of a video shown in class last week. The story went national, getting some words on The Huffington Post and the Glenn Beck-started website The Blaze. It was recently covered locally by The Bee’s Alex Tavilan.
From his story:
Peggy Gish, a longtime lecturer in the university’s Department of Public Health, showed a segment of the video “Advanced Sexual Techniques, Volume One” in her “Introduction to Human Sexuality” class.
Oliver Darcy, a University of California at Merced graduate and contributor to a Facebook page titled “Exposing Leftists,” posted a bulletin on the conservative university watchdog site CampusReform.org about the film screening, citing the concerns of an unnamed Fresno State student who saw the film.
Darcy’s post quotes from the film’s synopsis, including: how the film “discusses how to increase your sexual knowledge, increase pleasure, and heighten intimacy. Twelve couples from different ethnic backgrounds take you on an explicit sexual journey that explores sexual positions and techniques.”
Later in the Bee story, Andrew Hoff, Fresno State’s dean of the College of Health and Human Services nature defended the video’s usage.
“Students who take the course are advised, in advance, that they may find some of the content objectionable and that they may opt out at their discretion,” Hoff said.
Darcy alleged that the film was a “pornographic, full-length film.” Hoff said what was shown in class was a 20-minute clip of a much longer DVD and was not pornographic in nature.
We’ve seen Darcy and his Exposing Leftists buds before. They were behind that video we posted last year of undercover young conservatives trying to make Fresno State students dumb on camera. In that context, this whole “controversy” makes a lot more sense.
It’s not like we’re talking about a high-school class here. This is a college elective that students — the vast majority of whom are adults, mind you — chose to take. So for an agenda-pushing activist to get wind of it secondhand and raise a stink on behalf of an anonymous student … well, it just seems kinda silly.
Anybody who thinks college students need to be shielded from pornography or have their hands held regarding sex is laughably naive about what actually happens on a university campus. Ever heard of this thing called the Internet?
But that’s not even really what’s happening here. This is a case of the hyper-offendable looking for a reason to be offended and the stink-raisers seizing an opportunity to raise a stink. One needn’t watch a how-to sex video to see that people are just trying to get themselves off here.