I might have to start looking at Duke for grad school, after reading this article:
DURHAM, N.C. — A campus religious leader is unhappy about a study at Duke University that invites female students to attend parties where they can buy sex toys.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the director of the Duke Catholic Center has lodged a complaint with researchers. The Rev. Joe Vetter says the study doesn't promote relationships.
Doesn't promote relationships? What? Hey, maybe he uses his sex toys all alone, but I personally think sharing is caring. Anyway, what horrible things could this study be doing?! After purchase do they masturbate all over the desks of the classroom? Does it turn into a big lesbian orgy?!
The study asks female students over age 18 to attend the events that are similar to Tupperware parties but with erotic toys, lingerie and games. The women complete surveys about their sexual attitudes before and after the parties and get product discounts.
A spokesman for Duke said the sex-toy party project went through the peer review process.
Oh. Well. That's considerably less exciting (though still awesome). Every year here at Purdue the Psychology department's Human Sexuality class has a sex toy day, where people come in and talk about sex toys and give away free stuff. It was pretty awesome (though I didn't get anything, sadness). I don't remember the Catholic church exploding about that here, though that would have made it even more fun.
Oh, and one more gem:
Vetter says he plans to discuss the topic at Sunday mass.
Most interesting Sunday mass ever!
On a more serious note, are Catholics seriously against sex toys? Why the hell is it that religious people make sex so freaking impossible? Oh, abortion is evil, but you can't use birth control to prevent abortion. Oh, sex before marriage is bad, but you can't use a vibrator or masturbate to relieve those sexual pressures. Lovely.