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William & Mary: The Sex Show

Oh dear, it’s gonna be a busy week for the public relations department at William & Mary, which has just sponsored the “Sex Workers Art Show.” Read all about it here (hat tip: IHE).

Now let me get this straight: The school’s president recently removed the Wren Cross from a campus building because he doesn’t want this symbol of faith offending people of delicate sensibilities. But the sex show, which was financed by student fees, is different:

Sparkling nipple adornments, feather boas, bare bottoms, erotic dances, striptease music and sex toys entertained a crowd of more than 400 who were packed into the auditorium of the University Center. Another 300 were turned away. The show attempted to empower the actors by portraying the realities of their careers.

Just another day of higher education in Williamsburg! All hail academic freedom!
UPDATE: According to this tour schedule, the “Sex Workers Art Show” is hitting a bunch of campuses this semester, including Penn, UMass, and Kenyon.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.