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Campus porn culture: a real “war on women”

If you’re not already following The College Fix, run by author and Yale alum Nathan Harden, you should be. It exposes the depraved, anti-woman atmosphere that dominates too many campuses.

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Nathan Harden.

I interviewed Harden last year, after the debut of his book, Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad. An entire section of Harden’s book is titled “Yale’s War on Women.”

He exposed how Yale women are constantly degraded on campus. They are valued for their looks, bodies, and sexual prowess – not their minds. They are often required to watch hardcore porn in class and encouraged to participate in “porn star lookalike” contests during “Sex Week,” the biggest event of the year. Yale has made headlines for a string of incidents involving fraternities, in which young men marched around campus chanting, “No means yes, yes means anal” and carried signs declaring, “We love Yale sluts.” This hostile, threatening environment eventually brought Yale under federal investigation for gender discrimination.

Now Nathan manages The College Fix, which reports on all universities, not just Yale. His group of campus reporters has uncovered a real war on women – and it’s being waged by sexual liberationists who control the academy.

A few weeks ago, The College Fix broke a story about a Pasadena College class “devoted entirely to porn. Students are actually assigned to watch porn as part of the class homework.”

The most revealing quote was from a female student, who admitted to being uncomfortable with porn before being groomed to accept it as normal: “My view of pornography before taking this class was more the traditional view that it was not meant for me, as a woman… After, or in the midst of taking this class, I’ve become much more accepting of it and understanding of it.”

This woman probably felt that porn was “not meant for her” for a good reason. As The College Fix notes, the scenes shown in class included women being called “b—-,” “whore,” and worse.

Is it any surprise that cases of sexual misconduct on campuses have reached an all-time high?

“We have seen an increase in the number of high-profile cases of sexual assault and harassment on college campuses,” Nathan told me during our interview. “Unfortunately, many on the academic left who bemoan the hostile sexual environment on our campuses are the same people who have done the most to create that hostile environment. They have embraced moral relativism. They have told students that their sex lives should be considered free of moral consequence, so long as everything is ‘consensual.’”

But in an environment like this, the boundaries of consent begin to break down. Students – who face enormous peer pressure to participate in this free-for-all – have trouble saying “no” when they want to. Other students simply don’t respect a “no.”

Needless to say, students are also indoctrinated to accept abortion as “no big deal.” In 2008, a Yale student named Aliza Shvarts became pregnant several times, self-aborted with herbs, collected the bloody results in a jar, and called it “performance art.” Yale and Shvarts issued long-winded, pseudo-intellectual defenses of this “art,” which Shvarts later claimed was a hoax. To me, the project had an obvious goal: to trivialize abortion.

And they say conservatives and Republicans are the ones waging a “war on women”! In reality, your chances of being sexually harassed and degraded are much higher on a college campus than at, say, the Values Voters Summit.

“Most universities today are run by leftist ideologues and free-love social revolutionaries left over from the sixties,” Nathan told me. “The hyper-sexual culture has led to a me-first brand of sexuality, where the feelings, the well-being, and even the consent of others is disregarded in an all-out pursuit of getting ‘what I want, when I want it.’”

This is bad news for women, and it’s got to stop.

To read more and support Harden’s work, visit TheCollegeFix.com.

  • http://twitter.com/Astraspider Ms. Spider

    Correct me if I’m wrong, Ms. Herzog, but I think you can advocate for less sexism on college campuses and greater female empowerment in health care and in the workforce. At the same time, even.

    • Basset_Hound

      Then how about if we “empower women” by teaching them to show some self restraint and self control.

  • Rebecca Downs

    Thank you for sharing this important article! While I’m not glad this is happening, at least I know I’m not the only one who has such concerns about a porn culture.

    • Basset_Hound

      Not by a long shot. I’m living it….and helping my daughter process a gruesome breakup.

  • Bridget

    My sister dropped out of Yale because of this reason.:|

  • Basset_Hound

    I’m the mother of a 19 year old college freshman. By the time these women get to college, the “free love social revolutionaries” have been working on them for years. Teen magazines such as Seventeen start in middle school to prime girls with the message that hooking up is cool and that sex makes you closer to your “BF” with no mention of any consequences. They’ve been through so many couplings and breakups that by the time they’re in high school they’re jaded and bored. I remember my daughter in her junior year in high school crying that she was so sick of the dudes treating her like she’s nothing but boobs and a vagina.

    • http://amylovesbrian.briamy.com/ Barfaroni

      When I was in high school, I flipped through my friend’s cosmo and was APPALLED. And I was made fun of for being the “goody goody.” Not sleeping around made me a “goody goody.”

      • Basset_Hound

        My daughter got called a lot worse…..One puke got all his buddies to post vulgar messages on my daughter’s Facebook page when she “refused” him. I didn’t find out about it until a year after the fact.

        • http://amylovesbrian.briamy.com/ Barfaroni

          You do realize it’s not a competition, right? Ridicule is ridicule. In high school/college, girls are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they sleep around, they’re sluts. If they refuse to have sex, they’re prudes and ugly. They can’t win. Both kinds of ridicule can’t be equally damaging to their self esteem. It doesn’t help that sex is everywhere; commercials, TV, movies. (My father-in-law recently walked out of a barber shop because there were porn magazines on the tables.) Sex is everywhere. And children are being exposed to it starting from the moment they pretty much see a TV for the first time. (Remember axe body spray commercials? Nothing but sex.) Modern day media is killing the morals of our society.

          I decided to wait until marriage and luckily my husband wanted to wait, too. My husband was my first kiss when I was 21. And while I have a happy, healthy marriage, the kids who mocked and ridiculed me ended up unmarried with children from multiple partners.

          There’s an old adage : You reap what you sow.

          • Basset_Hound

            I applaud you for waiting. You show a lot of courage and integrity.

          • Little

            No kidding. I went with my husband and two year old son to a local Carl’s Jr. and right inside the door was a life sized cut-out of a woman in a bikini, and on the very bottom below her feet was a message about a fish sandwich. What in the world did this image have to do with a sandwich?? I don’t want to teach my son that this is how women should be viewed; as nothing more than objects. He might not understand it now, but these kinds of images affect kids as they grow and mature. Not only that, but it’s degrading to women who enter the building and those working there. I left a comment about the cut-out and the next time we came in it was gone, thank goodness.

        • http://www.facebook.com/gino.hernandez.75 Gino Hernandez

          what??? women that have sex before marriage are the ones who are damaged! young adults are trained to be stupid little children for much longer now and taught to do adult things. deliberately dangerous combination

  • http://www.facebook.com/gino.hernandez.75 Gino Hernandez

    i sure am glad i stopped watching that garbage a long time ago. but the images are seared into my mind and i cant get them out. people think that porn is just a device to get off. but its much worse than that. MUCH worse

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-P-Hamilton/1396363739 Sean P Hamilton

      I used to be the same way. Thought it was helping me stay true to wife. But then one day i realized these women were being manipulated into doing these acts and really would prefer a normal life.

      but every man these days, seem to want women to be whores instead of moms.

      Its all apart of what is happening.

      • Basset_Hound

        Women are primed from the time they’re young teens to be whores instead of moms….

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-P-Hamilton/1396363739 Sean P Hamilton

    This has to be a joke. I cannot believe they are forcing women to watch pornography

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.e.worswick Dawn E. Worswick

    http://www.thepinkcross.org porn is nothing more than human sex trafficking…aka rape on film

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.e.worswick Dawn E. Worswick
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