Hard core cirriculum
Posted by aogThursday, 08 March 2007 at 19:57 TrackBack Ping URL

This one’s for you, PB

All Harvard College freshmen received the e-mail below yesterday, and a fair number thought it must be a prank.

It isn’t, as it happens. And this must be the first time a Harvard dean has used the dubious term “sexxxxxy” in a mass e-mail to his wards.


Hooking Up: Hot Hints For Making Your Harvard (or Future) Sex Life Great
Thursday, March 1
7:00 PM
Ticknor Lounge

Want to know more about how to access pleasure, how to communicate your desires and how to make sure that you’re getting what you want and need from your partner? Do you have questions about sex or sexuality that you’ve never had answered? You won’t want to miss this!

Join us for a scintillating and sexy talk with Amber Madison, author of the recently released book “Hooking Up: An All-Out Guide to Sex and Sexuality,” before her appearance on the Today show the following day! Amber will share helpful advice and crucial information about having a gratifying sexual life now, or later! You’ll also have the opportunity to submit a question anonymously to have answered during the session.

In addition to sexxxxxy suggestions, come enjoy chocolate covered strawberries and HOT chocolate. Other snacks and opportunities to win prizes (including Amber’s book), as well as other great “stuff’ will be included.

ALL students of every gender are welcome!

After some students complained about the event, they received a response from Susan Marine, the Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center, who said she was writing on behalf of the Dean of the College and the Dean of Freshmen. She wrote:

Our role as educators is to enable all students who wish to learn about their own development to have access to accurate, meaningful information.
“Meaningful,” huh?

This tells me that if I want to hire people with fully self actualized sex lives, get some Harvard graduates. For actual job skills, elsewhere seems like a better choice.

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cjm Thursday, 08 March 2007 at 21:57

i think one would have to attend a 3rd rate jc to get the equivalent academic quality that harvard charges $100k+ for.

erp Friday, 09 March 2007 at 14:11

Every gender welcome. How many genders are there?

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 09 March 2007 at 17:33


In the hot house of modern campus life, many. Dividing people in to just “male” and “female” is the hallmark of a repressive, archaic viewpoint. Just netsearch on “transgendered” as a starting point.

erp Saturday, 10 March 2007 at 12:47

AOG, I would undertake research on transgendered only to save my grandkids lives.

Peter Burnet Saturday, 10 March 2007 at 15:50

Yes erp, there are lots of genders. In fact, the more I read this kind of stuff the more I suspect I may be one all by myself.

What I don’t get is how much training these kids seem to need. They’ve had sex education since the year dot, endless exposure through popular culture and manuals, etc. When do they finally get it? I appreciate there are complex, highly-refined, poetic secrets of love-making guarded by mysterious Asians that take years to master, but I’m betting not too many are featured in Amber’s guide to hooking up.

The chocolate-covered strawberries are intriguing. Yum-yum, but wouldn’t the traditional Dean’s sherry set the mood better for the follow-up assignments?

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 10 March 2007 at 18:48

Mr. Burnet;

If I may be even more old fashioned and fuddy duddy than you, I would say that it’s a classic case of the progressive attitude that if some amount of their nostrums is ineffective, what is clearly needed is a redoubling of the dosage. Since all that sex education and encouragement has lead to less sexually related happiness, clearly what is needed is even more education and encouragement.

It strikes me that this is just one facet of the “it shouldn’t be hard, dang it!” attitude of much of what passes as liberal thought these days. That a satisfying sexual life might require work and sacrifice (including such strenuous efforts as monogamy) is not anathema but really inconceivable. I remarked over on Random Jottings recently on a related subject, where people adopt very simplistic views of the world (e.g., while males are always wrong) so that their moral choices aren’t hard. Because isn’t modern life all about convenience and ease, removing the difficult labors required in the past?

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