Surely it’s happened before: A student’s found himself choosing between going to class or watching porn.
For those attending Salt Lake City’s Westminster College, the dilemma’s no longer necessary.
As reported by Campus Reform, among its “film studies courses” for the 2022-23 year is “FILM-3000: Porn.”
CR relays a description from the departmental website:
Hard core pornography is as American as apple pie and more popular than Sunday night football. Our approach to this billion-dollar industry is as both a cultural phenomenon that reflects and reinforces sexual inequalities (but holds the potential to challenge sexual and gender norms) and as an art form that requires serious contemplation.
Get ready for an eyeful:
We will watch pornographic films together and discuss the sexualization of race, class, and gender and as an experimental, radical art form.
Campus Reform published its piece April 19th, and the following image made its way across the web:
Tuition at Westminster College in Utah is $37,060. Here's one of their classes. pic.twitter.com/c5oparOmXl
— Ed Latimore (@EdLatimore) April 20, 2022
But the link provided by the outlet no longer leads to a class listing. Neither does a purported gender studies course with the same description.
Even so, Salt Lake City’s KTVX confirms the class is real.
In fact, ABC4 reached the instructor, Chanza Torres:
When asked why she is teaching a course on pornography, Chanza Torres calls it “a fascinating study of people and gender performance.” “The majority of porn is bad for women, although there is some variety in porn.” Chanza Torres’ class is designed to help students think critically about pornography’s impact on gender in the U.S. Her research looks at popular pornographic websites as problematic databases that obscure the legality of pornography and its ethics in general.
Chanza Torres maintains that while she is “sex positive and body-positive,” the course at Westminster is designed to be critical of pornography using rigorous methodological frameworks. It’s not for her and students to “watch porn, giggle, and go home.” She hopes her class can be a safe and moderated space for students curious about pornography’s impact on society.
She’s a little late — if I understand properly, males have been fascinated by porn since its beginning. And many have employed study partners.
Concerning carnality compliments of a college, there’s a lot of that goin’ ’round. Education never looked so sexy:
Harvard’s ‘Sex Week’ Features ‘Orgies 101,’ Proves COVID Recovery Is in the Can
The Ol’ College Try: Prestigious University Asks Students to Spin the ‘Wheel of Fornication’
Dirty Work: Universities Try to Sell Students on the ‘Positives’ of Sex
University Eyes Forcing Students/Staff to Use Preferred Pronouns, Giving Everyone Access to Girls’ Locker Rooms
And Utah is a lot livelier than some might think:
F-Bombing Teacher Tells Kids Trump Is a ‘Sexual Predator’ and ‘Parents Are Dumber’ Than They Are
Utah Freeway Cop Pulls Over Possible Drunk Driver, Turns Out It Was Just a Kindergartener
Still, some residents aren’t turned on by academia-affirmed porn studies. Hence, they’ve launched a Change.org petition:
Westminster College, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is offering classes where students watch pornography together. In the course description for GENDER*300O Porn, Westminster calls “hard core pornography… as American as apple pie”.
Not in OUR state.
We call upon Westminster College to remove these classes from their course list. The Supreme Court has defined obscenity as “completely devoid of scientific, political, educational, or social value”. We agree. Pornography is devoid of educational value and has no place in the classroom.
In these classes, young students and teachers watch pornography together in a classroom. This creates an unsafe environment for students and faculty and normalizes pornography in culture.
These are not Utah values and these classes have no part in the Utah education system.
Will it remain a part of the curriculum?
Aside from the morality issue, many might disparage the elective as an easy “A.”
But critics shouldn’t assume it’s a throwaway class for slackers; I’m sure some students will study hard.
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