Sex and God at Yale : Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad
"In order to glimpse America's future, one needs to look no further than its college campuses. Of those institutions, none holds more clout than Yale University. Yet the school has become a full-fledged moral battleground where: A porn star gives a topless S&M demonstration in a classroom A student had received approval for an art project she said included tissue from repeated self-induced miscarriages The infamous Sex Week is held every two years Loathe for years to host ROTC, Yale nonetheless once employed a professor who praised the Hamas terrorist organization In this reboot of William F. Buckley's classic God and Man at Yale, 2009 Yale graduate Harden offers a provocative account of what really goes on inside "The Cradle of Presidents," one that will shock any parent of a college-bound student. Sex and God at Yale is a must for anyone concerned by what really goes on at one of America's elite universities"--
Sex features more prominently than God in this critique of Ivy League culture from 2009 Yale graduate and conservative commentator Harden, author of National Review Online's "Phi Beta Cons" column. Taking his inspiration from William F. Buckley's seminal 1954 polemic, Man and God at Yale, Harden looks back to his college years to conclude that the campus's permissive sexual culture, abetted by its liberal politics, has sapped the university of a once-firm dedication to "public-spiritedness." Chief among his complaints is Yale's raucous, semiannual Sex Week, particularly its involvement with sex toy and porn producers. Drawing on the work of antiporn activist Gail Dines, Harden argues that an inherently misogynistic industry deserves no place on a campus committed to feminist values. Other issues raised range from a student's lurid plans for a performance art exhibit supposedly made from her own aborted fetuses to screenings of sexually explicit movies in language and film classes. While readers can admire Harden's account of gaining admission to Yale after a rocky educational path and without the privileges enjoyed by many of his classmates, even those sympathetic to his case will find him lacking wit and persuasiveness. A foreword by his primary influence's son, novelist Christopher Buckley, contains all of the rhetorical and verbal gusto missing from the book itself. Agent: Jon Sternfeld, Irene Goodman Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Thomas Dunne Books
September 04, 2012
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