Students in the popular and provocative human sexuality course at Northwestern University were invited for an optional demonstration after class on Feb. 21 in which a naked woman was penetrated by a sex toy until she reached sexual climax, The Daily Northwestern reported.
About 120 students voluntarily stayed for the extracurricular activity organized by professor John Michael Bailey. Guest speaker Ken Melvoin-Berg, co-owner of Weird Chicago Tours, led the "Network for Kinky People" panel, which included several women.
Before a woman onstage disrobed, students were repeatedly advised that they would see explicit content.
The woman then used a machine with a graphic name to stimulate herself to the point of ejaculation, a topic that had been recently covered in class, Bailey said.
"It was a fun and educational experience," Melvoin-Berg told the Chicago Tribune. The students ""seemed to be incredibly pleased. We had a number of them that got closer and closer."
The rousing performance caused controversy on campus and around Chicago, leading Bailey to write a lengthy defense of his decision to allow the demonstration.
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"I hesitated only briefly before saying yes. My hesitation concerned the likelihood that many people would find this inappropriate. ... [But] those still there had stayed for an optional demonstration/lecture about kinky sex and were told explicitly what they were about to see," Bailey wrote.
Bailey added that student feedback was "uniformly positive" and vowed to continue his fight against efforts "to silence sex research."
Bailey's class is one of the most popular at the college, with about 600 students registered for it. The semester is packed with other optional panels after class that have included talks with sex offenders and a question-and-answer session with a swinging couple.
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro issued a statement on Thursday stating that the school had opened an investigation into the incident, and claiming the demonstration "represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member," according to FoxNews.com.