Mona Charen, a syndicated columnist and political analyst, published a column on some sex education efforts on campus this morning, The Sex Workers’ Art Show on Campus. She wrote,
“The Sex Workers’ Art Show returned for the fourth time to the College of William and Mary campus in Williamsburg, Va., this week. Described as an ‘eye-popping evening of visual and performance art created by people who work in the sex industry,’ the show has been touring the country (and particularly college campuses) for the past several years. A Duke student publication reports that the show begins with a cast member leading the audience in a chant of ‘naked ladies.’ The remainder of the event featured political statements, musical theater, a mild dominatrix act, the elaborate removal of clothing and an anal sparkler for the grand finale.’
The college president wasn’t thrilled about the show, but declined, as he put it, ‘to be a censor.’ Instead of forbidding the performance on campus, W. Taylor Reveley III insisted that audiences as well as those who find the show ‘offensive and degrading’ participate in a forum to discuss issues raised by the show at its conclusion.
Here are a few ideas for discussion: Doesn’t presenting such a show trivialize and possibly even encourage the degradation and exploitation of women inherent in ‘sex work’ (aka prostitution in the real world)? How does presenting a show like this encourage the search for truth and knowledge that universities claim to advance?”
She makes a good point about the trivializing effect of some efforts. You can read the rest of her column here.