Pornography, depending on who you talk to, is either the scourge of society or an expression of sexuality, albeit in a perverse way. Whatever your opinion on this, we can all agree that porn exists and is very readily available, readily accessible on the wonder we call the Internet.
Surely you must have heard of the negative impacts of pornography on a person’s psyche or the many problems that society finds in its ease of access. But have you heard of a college that offers pornography as a subject?
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Look no further, as we bring you details on exactly that.
Westminster College, a private college in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, is offering a course called “Gender 3000 – Porn” during its May term.
The May summer term at Westminster, according to ABC4, is designed to offer courses different from the norm each year, including this one. The course is an optional course at Westminster and is not compulsory for any student.
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Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and this elective includes a study of the industry “both as a cultural phenomenon that reflects and reinforces sexual inequality (but has the potential to challenge gender norms sexual and gender issues) and as an art form that requires serious contemplation.”
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Utahns aren’t too thrilled about it, though. A change.org petition created by citizens of Utah calls for the course to be removed. The petition says that “pornography is devoid of educational value and has no place in the classroom.
The course description mentioned that as part of the course, students would watch porn together in class and discuss the sexualization of race, class, and gender. However, the petition states that teachers and students who watch pornography together in the classroom create an unsafe environment for students while normalizing pornography in the culture.
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“It’s not education. It makes me sick to offer something like this. I’m so disappointed that something like this is offered in an educational institution,” user Minta Valentine comments on the petition.
What do you think? Could the course interest you? Is it about normalizing deviant sexual behavior or exploring the normalization of the human body in all its forms? Let us know!
(With agency contributions)