NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- New York City college students weighed in on the controversy Thursday after learning of a sex education demonstration at one of the nation's more revered universities.
It has been the talk of Northwestern University, outside Chicago. The demonstration was conducted after a psychology class. A drill with a special attachment was used on a female student, wrapped in a towel, and in front more than 100 students.
"Most of the people who stayed were, in fact, trying to get a better view," one student said.
"I don't feel like I would want to see that," another student said.
Guest lecturer Ken Melvoin-Berg, who was invited to the class by Professor J. Michael Bailey, is defending the voluntary demonstration as educational -- a couple engaged in a sex act.
"We warned students five times at least," Melvoin-Berg said. "He brought her to orgasm right there on stage and that was the end of it, other than the fact that we had positive comments from everybody in the class."
At Columbia University, there were both positive and negative comments.
"I guess it's up the students and what they want to watch. They can make their own choices," freshman Joey Donino said.
"It's absolutely not appropriate. I don't even see the logic behind it," graduate student Kristin Bush added.
"As long as each student knows what the course is about, I feel no harm no foul," graduate student Victor Sawyer said.
So the moral of the story is what may be objectionable to one student is totally acceptable to another.
"It's supposed to be a discussion. It's not supposed to be a visual demonstration," one student said.
New York City sex therapist Jane Greer said the Northwestern class was hardly education. It was more voyeuristic and pornographic. And as for the contraption seen on the video …
"It sounds like it was a drill-do instead of a dildo, if you will," Greer said. "Sexual activity coming alive is crossing the border into pornography. It's really not education."
At the very least it's not the college education, students and parents would typically expect.
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