US university to probe sex toy demo

2011-03-04 09:00

Chicago - Northwestern University's president said on Thursday that he is "troubled and disappointed" that a psychology professor allowed a couple to engage in a sex act involving a motorised sex toy in front of dozens of students, and is calling for an investigation.

Hours after accounts of the February 21 class appeared in local newspapers - including the university's defence of Professor John Michael Bailey's decision to allow students to witness the act - Northwestern president Morton Schapiro strongly criticised the lecturer.

"I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member," Schapiro said a statement issued by the Evanston university.

A guest lecturer had been discussing bondage and sexual fetishes during Bailey's human sexuality class.

According to published reports, a couple at the lecture decided that a video the students were watching on the female orgasm was not realistic and gave a live presentation involving the sex toy.

Schapiro said it did not matter that the incident occurred after the class was over, that attendance was voluntarily and that the students were warned of the explicit nature of what they were about to see.

"I have recently learned of the after-class activity associated with Proessor. Michael Bailey's Human Sexuality class, and I am troubled and disappointed by what occurred," he said.

"I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University's academic mission," he said.

Evanston police say it will be up to the school to determine if the demonstration violated any local ordinances.

Live sex show

The guest lecturer asked the students if they were "ready for a live sex show", student Justin Smith told the Chicago Tribune.

At that point, Faith Kroll took off her clothes and she and Jim Marcus climbed on the stage and, as about 100 students looked on, the pair demonstrated the use of a motorised device with a phallic object attached to it.

The lecturer, Ken Melvoin-Berg, told the newspaper that the students were told about issues such as safety and consent.

"It is probably something I will remember the rest of my life," Smith, a 21-year-old senior, told the Tribune. "I can't say that about my Econ 202 class and the material that I learned there."

The university will pay several hundred dollars to Melvoin-Berg, the co-owner of Weird Chicago Tours, for the lecture. He said neither Kroll nor Marcus - exhibitionists who are more than happy to have people watch them have sex - would be paid.

Kroll said she enjoyed the demonstration and Marcus said it was all designed to teach, not titillate.

"I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown-ups rather than fragile children," Bailey told the Tribune.

Bailey did not answer calls to his office Thursday.

  • Susannomore - 2011-03-04 09:24

    Nothing wrong here - everyone was warned. What exactly is the problem?

      smsdubee1 - 2011-03-04 09:52

      imagine after having sex u wl loose dignity

      smsdubee1 - 2011-03-04 09:57

      if they want to see people having sex they were suppose to higher pono movie instead of doing sex infront of other students. School is not the place to practice sex but to learn. These people are the ones who contribute to cultural erosion

  • smsdubee1 - 2011-03-04 09:49

    how can a normaly person do such a thing its disgusting and irritating. The lecture ned a severe punishment or expell from the university

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-03-04 09:52

    knowledge with application is power

  • Felix - 2011-03-04 12:18

    I knew I shouldn't have studied Engineering!

  • jamesonl - 2011-03-04 15:03

    This is superb. we all know people have sex. why should we wince and wimper? Well done Prof, you are a creative chap - i like the way you teach.

  • Webster - 2011-03-04 17:07

    what about tne Lectures did they get aroused? in fact they should have been the ones in the act, not to hire other people. Disgusting.

  • Vincent Valentino - 2011-03-04 21:36

    The best part about the whole thing is the way they phrased the article headline by utilizing the word "probe"

  • gcduri - 2011-03-06 21:55

    "Designed to teach, not titillate"? Testing this hypothesis would be an interesting bit of research.

  • philip.oraski - 2011-06-20 12:09

    i remember my professor for the Critical and Creative Thinking class also getting into trouble when he demonstrated the Tenga masturbation sleeves in class to make a point about how sex toys are becoming more discreet. There is no way the sex toys looks anything to suggest that it is a sex toy in the first place. Of course the school board was not amused. However the plus point is that we all had the link to the maker so the entire school got discounts from LOL!

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