SU’s Kink 101 seminar is unpleasant and embarrassing for the whole university

If you’ve been browsing Syracuse University’s calendar of events recently, you may have come across the university’s latest “Health and Wellness” seminar: Kink 101, a Bondage Domination Sadism Masochism (commonly referred to as BDSM) aimed at teaching students how to tie up, whip and burn their sexual partners. It seems that the movement of the past few years to repaint perversion with a layer of academic credibility has finally come to a halt at the SU.

At an age when young minds are still quite impressionable and on a campus where, in 2020, 19% of students said they had been sexually assaulted, SU would like students to believe that sadism and masochism are normal and encouraged components of intimacy. Only at SU can a student simultaneously demand constant attention while being deemed developed enough to take a crash course in how to have rough sex.

Apologists for such shows will say that young people need “sex education” and that this is meant to promote safety. The assumption is that because some people will torture or be tortured for fun, we might as well de-stigmatize the whole thing for everyone else.

Promoting fetishistic sexual behavior to students as young as 18 is not the League’s place. BDSM should be off SU campus and out of sight of students. The degree of hypersexualization of students’ daily lives has harmful consequences. SU’s normalization of violent sex compounds an already existing mental health crisis complemented by the widespread consumption of Internet pornography. The only defense our society has against this – shame – is now collapsing thanks to these universities now encouraging depravity.

There is a very real danger in the way we distort Gen Z’s perceptions of sex. After Billie Eilish became a voice of reason and criticized violence in porn, commentators rushed straight to the point. defending their favorite adult videos.

There is a very vocal crowd that likes to portray our new hypersexualized culture as harmless and liberated, but the reality many young people face is that the kind of sex they are now expected to have is uncomfortable, unhealthy and even painful. . This distorted perception puts immense pressure on young people.

This is not an isolated case. University students across the country are encouraged to normalize sexual violence. The same week SU held its Kink 101 seminar, Tulane University held its own BDSM workshop as part of the university’s annual sex week. Last semester, America’s first Ivy League school did the same by offering an introductory BDSM workshop. SUNY Fredonia even had a “distinguished” professor of pornography, sexual fantasies and torture – at least until he was suspended earlier this month for making statements supporting pedophilia.

This is not alarmism, and it is not claimed that the American League will soon be rocked by a deluge of sexual violence. On the contrary, exposure to gratuitous and degrading sexual material is not unusual for young people – it is the new normal. What is perhaps most disturbing is not that SU organized this workshop, but that most people are too confused by the Euphoria TV show and on-demand internet porn to even notice.

Augustus LeRoux is a young history major. His column appears every two weeks. He can be reached at [email protected]

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