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“Porn in the Morn” at Yale no Longer

The enormously popular Yale course “Biology of Gender and Human Sexuality” (commonly referred to by students as “Porn in the Morn” has been stripped of its status as a science course by the Yale College Science Council. It will no longer meet the undergraduate science distributional requirement.

Yale professor of radiology, William Summers

Yale professor of radiology, William Summers

As a result, professor William Summers has decided to stop teaching the course. From the Yale Daily News:

Last spring, 357 students took the iconic course — mainly freshman and sophomores. Enrollment peaked in 2005 when 546 took “Porn in the Morn.”

That year, Summers had to split the class in two because space wasn’t available for the full 546-student lecture. Summers would lecture the same material twice a day, two days a week.

The next semester, Summers taught “Porn in the Morn” from the auditorium in the Yale Law School, one of the largest lecture spaces on central campus. It was a setting where some students first learned the concept of the G-spot, or first saw an image of a crowning baby (the projection of which on the auditorium screen caused several students to walk out). Summers was known to invoke aliens on his exams, a trope “to suggest that one look at the issue [of sexual dimorphism] without any preconceived assumptions,” he wrote in an e-mail to the News.

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There are two angles to this story. On one hand, it shows how ridiculously low academic standards have gotten at some of our nation’s top universities. What ever happened to – you know – actual biology, chemistry, and physics? On the other hand, what is a professor of radiology doing teaching a class on human sexuality anyway? What is his motivation? Is this a personal hobby? It’s a bit odd and creepy to me.

I had an acrimonious exchange once with Summers on an unrelated issue while I was at Yale. But never took a class from him. He is known to be quite close to Yale’s president, Richard Levin. And while he may be a fine professor, his notion that examining gender as a social construct and looking at vaginas on PowerPoint makes for a good science education is emblematic of the damage extreme liberalism has done to our higher education system, where academic excellence and morality seem to be in a tandem decline.


Abortion Law Tightening in the U.K.

Abortion law in the U.K. is much stricter than in the U.S., where there are essentially no limits at all on ending the life of an unborn child – even partial birth abortions have long been carried out here by the thousands each year. But in Britan, which is by most accounts more liberal and less religious than the U.S., it is illegal to obtain an abortion after 24 weeks gestation. Now, the government is proposing to push that limit back to 20 weeks. And they have substantial public support.

Meanwhile, the U.K. is also pushing for more counseling about newly acknowledged mental-health risks for women who have abortions. A recent news story told the story of Emma Beck, 30, a young artist, who commited suicide after suffering from severe regrets. She left the following note before killing herself.

“Living is hell for me. I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum. I want to be with my babies; they need me, no one else does.”

The significance of the British parliament’s move is clear. It marks the first time that the British government has taken the position that the mental health risks associated with abortion may outweigh the mental strain of carrying an unwanted child to term. The U.K. is looking at the abortion issue with notable honesty and openness.

The U.S. is among the most conservative of all developed nations. Yet so complete is the grip of the radical abortion lobby on our government, that our abortion law remains far more liberal than that of the U.K. No Democratic politician can dare speak of placing any limits on abortion without risking serious damage to her political career.

Bill Clinton twice vetoed bans on partial birth abortion. Barack Obama voted against an Illinois law that would have prevented doctors from starving babies to death who survived abortions. What have we heard from Harry Reid, the supposedly pro-life Democratic leader of the Senate? – Nothing. Decades of cowering deference to the abortion extremists has scandalized the conscience of the Democratic party.

And we’re all the worse for it.

Teens and STDs


A telling statistic about teenage sexuality in America.

At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.

A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls — nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD. That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

About half of the girls acknowledged ever having sex; among them, the rate was 40 percent.

Fact is, “safe sex,” (i.e. using condoms) fails to prevent many types of STDs, even when used properly, which isn’t always the case among teens. Most sex education underemphasizes the risk of infection any sexual activity (safe or otherwise) carries with it.

Many educators and health professionals are extra eager to avoid any fundamentalist-sounding talk. Teen abstinence is something many of them consider unrealistic. But the fact is, sex is never completely safe. We do teens a dangerous diservice if we tell them otherwise.

Bush and Africa


Bush was given a hero’s welcome in today Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Banners across the route, decorated with Bush’s image against a backdrop of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, read: “We cherish democracy. Karibu (welcome) to President and Mrs Bush.”

Others read: “Thank you for helping fight malaria and HIV.” Dancers at the airport and at Kikwete’s state house to greet Bush on Sunday, wore skirts and shirts decorated with his face.

Back home, Bush is suffering some of the lowest approval ratings in his seven-year tenure and has been buffeted by criticism of his handling of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the ailing economy… In a reference to Bush’s domestic problems, Kikwete added: “Different people may have different views about you and your administration and your legacy.

“But we in Tanzania, if we are to speak for ourselves and for Africa, we know for sure that you, Mr. President, and your administration have been good friends of our country and have been good friends of Africa.”

Although many Africans, especially Muslims, share negative perceptions of Bush’s foreign policy with other parts of the world, there is widespread recognition of his successful humanitarian and health initiatives on the continent.

Bush has spent more money on aid to Africa than his predecessor, Bill Clinton, and is popular for his personal programs to fight AIDS and malaria and to help hospitals and schools.

Bush has stressed new-style partnerships with Africa based on trade and investment and not purely on aid handouts.

His Millennium Challenge Corp. rewards countries that continue to satisfy criteria for democratic governance, anti-corruption and free-market economic policies.

Bush signed the largest such deal, for $698 million, with Kikwete on Sunday.

Because of the U.S. anti-malaria program, 5 percent of patients tested positive for the disease on the offshore islands of Zanzibar in 2007 compared to 40 percent three years earlier, the Tanzanian leader said.

Bush’s legacy in Africa would be saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of mothers and children who would otherwise have died from malaria or AIDS and enabling millions of people to get an education, he said.

“I know you leave office in about 12 months’ time. Rest assured that you will be remembered for many generations to come for the good things you’ve done for Tanzania and the good things you have done for Africa,” Kikwete said.

As bad as Iraq is, there are worse things going on in the world today. Bush has provided great leadership in humanitarian efforts in Africa and elsewhere, where millions die preventable deaths each year. It’s one part of his “compassionate conservatism” that rings true. It’s good to be reminded of such things.

OBAMA WINS!…(a grammy?)

Yes, in keeping with their tradition of doling out grammys to prominent liberal politicians for their boring “audio books”. It’s one more little “take that” in the Obama v. Hillary battle.

And you thought losing Washington State by 70-30 was bad.

I wonder what it would have been like had Obama actually accepted the award in person? Can you imagine the Obama-walks-the-red-carpet segment on Entertainment Tonight? What a strange news story that would have made. But not altogether strange for the Dems. (They do love their Hollywood.)

SHOW ME your nominee

Intriguingly, Obama and McCain appear to have won single percentage point victories in Missouri. This is obviously more crucial for McCain since the GOP has a winner take all system in place for their delegates.

Obama will score an important psychological victory in key swing state. All the more vital since he looks headed for a dissapointing finish in California. Looks like he didn’t do well with the Asian and Hispanic populations. He has Claire McCaskill to thank for his victory in the Show Me State.

But he’s dominated the Red States. That’s why he would be such a formidable candidate in the general election. Most of the base voters in the Democratic party don’t seem to get that fact.

McCain is ahead tonight, and probably will clinch the nomination if he wins California. But the GOP is divided.

More Tears?

I’m in New Haven, but I didn’t make it down for Hillary’s talk at the law school. Now we learn that she has cried again.

Twice now she’s done it on the day before a major primary vote. Both times the poll numbers were trending negative at the time of the sniffles. Last time female voters went streaming back to her after they saw her emotion. Will tears gain sympathy for Hillary once again? Conventional wisdom was that any tears at all would damage her – make her look weak, but women voters responded positively last time in New Hampshire. Maybe they will again.

Then again, maybe twice is once to many.