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Sociology For Adults Only
Posted By Malcolm A. Kline On January 20, 2010 @ 3:09 pm In Faculty Lounge | No Comments
Like Brittney Spears and Madonna or Tiger Woods and a groupie, Sociology and Pornography had to meet, and on the stomping grounds of the former field of study. Wesleyan  just approved a forum—Sociology 420—entitled Pornocopia: Society and Pornography.
The best passage is: “We hope to meet once a week for 2 hours in the evening. Anytime movies will be shown, there will be a second meeting for 2 hours. This would allow plenty of time for discussion as well as sufficient time to watch any documentaries as a class.” Right…
The second best passage is: “It is a full credit class.”
Third place: “We hope to meet every Monday or Thursday from 7-9.” I’ll bet they’ll be no cuts in that one.
The explanation: “The purpose of this student forum is to discuss the relationship between society and the pornographic industry. Society has always frowned upon the expression and liberation of sexuality. In response, pornography has continued to challenge the idea of what society deems acceptable. Although pornography has been labeled anti-social, its evolution is as strongly linked to societal developments as the evolution of society is to pornographic developments. Even at the most liberal institutions, the discussion and study of this undeniable relationship has remained underground, unspoken, and taboo. Throughout our course, we hope to study pornography from a historical and sociological perspective, gain a deeper understanding of why the industry has developed in such a way, and bridge the gap between society and the adult entertainment industry.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia .
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