Northwestern investigates live sex-toy show

After class lecture on human sexuality featured explicit act

An incident involving a live sex-toy demonstration at Northwestern University is being investigated by the school.

After class on Feb 21, psychology professor John Michael Bailey hosted a guest lecturer for about 100 students in his human sexuality course. The presentation was called “networking for kinky people” and was given by Ken Melvoin-Berg, who is part owner of Weird Chicago Tours, and who discussed sexual fetishes such as bondage and swinging.

At one point, the students were shown a video on the female orgasm, but two other guest speakers, Jim Marcus and fiancé Faith Kroll, believed it wasn’t realistic. After the students, who were attending the optional post-class lecture, were warned, the couple went on stage. After Kroll took offer her clothes, Marcus proceeded to use a sex toy on her. They had initially only intended to show the toy as part of a discussion.

According to the Chicago Tribune the device “looks like a machine-powered saw with a phallic object instead of a blade.”

Upon learning of the exhibition, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro released a statement that the university would be launching an investigation. “Although the incident took place in an after-class session that students were not required to attend, and students were advised in advance, several times, of the explicit nature of the activity, I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member. I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University’s academic mission.”

Professor Bailey defended the demonstration as educational. “The students find the events to be quite valuable, typically, because engaging real people in conversation provides useful examples and extensions of concepts students learn about in traditional academic ways,” he said in a Wednesday statement.

Kroll and Marcus also defended their explicit display. “What we did was not designed to titillate people, but to educate people,” Marcus told the Tribune. “I’m an exhibitionist. I enjoy the attention, being seen by other people. It was entertaining because there were a lot of curious minds, so that was cool,” Kroll added.

One student who witnessed the incident told the Tribune that it was certainly memorable: “It is probably something I will remember for the rest of my life. I can’t say that about my Econ 202 class and the material that I learned there.”




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Northwestern investigates live sex-toy show

  1. If you play close attention, most swinging and bondage and discipline actitivites are designed to appeal to and arouse men at the expense of women. I think a more interesting, meaningful and ‘cutting edge’ class would examine the male sense of entitlement that allows a man in authority to blitehly bring material into a university classroom under the guise of ‘education’, that could be potentially extremely offensive, disturbing and damaging to students, particularly female students, whether they witnessed the live act or not. All students should be able to attend university without being confronted with the choice of whether to witness acts of bondage or not and without the knowledge that bondage and disclipline and other sex acts are being performed live in their classrooms. This surely violates sexual harrassment and workplace equality laws? I also highly doubt that students would get much more out of it than yet another live sex show that they could titter about over lunch. Yet another example of pornography invading absolutely every aspect of our lives. Appalling.

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  3. The couple who performed this act are currently engaged to be married. Though there was discussion of bondage, there was no bondage in the act in question. The woman has repeatedly claimed that she enjoys this sort of thing and that the only negative part of the experience is the criticism that has taken over the media. The experience was educational because there was a question and answer session; the purpose of the demonstration was NOT to arouse, but rather to educate. The matter in question was whether or not the female orgasm exists. The couple was demonstrating their opinion – that the female orgasm does exist – in what I can only state as the most scientific way possible (even if that is questionable).

    Although the media has been concentrating on the negative reactions from students, most of my friends have no problem with what happened and are frankly surprised by the media attention.

    You find more appalling harassment in today’s pop culture. Go criticize that.

    Allison, Northwestern University student

  4. Addressing Jai, if you really think that is true, you have no understanding of fetish. Bondage can be done on men or woman, by men or women, and swinging requires both female and male participants. None of these activities marginalize either sex.

    1 of the 3 presenters is a personal friend and I know this was not planned, but a spur of the moment demonstration designed to educate and illustrate. academic videos of the female orgasm do not describe it well enough.

    Above all, it’s making me laugh hysterically that people are so scandalized that college students got to see a live demonstration of sexuality! If they think that’s wrong, their college experience was likely sadly uneventful.

    Anonymous, a PhD holder in psychology

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