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March 01, 2013 3:27 PM When Porn Comes to College

By Daniel Luzer

Porn actor (and occasional real actor) James Deen was scheduled to be a guest speaker for a class at Pasadena City College last week. That didn’t go over too well.

Some critics wondered how on earth an institution of higher learning would dare to invite an adult film star to campus. As Dave Smith wrote about the decision to invite Deen to campus:

Hey PCC parents… Is this one of the IDIOT classes you are paying for for your little darlings?
And America wonders why our young people are turning into adults with no salable skills for the workplace. Amazingly stupid.

And so campus administrators decided the event would no longer be a public lecture; only students enrolled in the affiliated class would be allowed to show up. Here’s more about the event:

I mean, it is a class called “Navigating Pornography.” What were you expecting?

The college said that it closed the lecture to the public because the professor, Hugo Schwyzer, “didn’t follow proper procedures when he sought a permit for Deen’s appearance.” The school couldn’t ensure security at the event.

Schwyzer said that he followed the same procedure for Deen that he follows for all other guest lecturers, though he admitted that Deen, a PCC alumnus, is, unlike most of his other guests, actually famous. This probably makes things a little more complicated.

There were, apparently, no actual protests surrounding the event.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on March 01, 2013 4:07 PM:

    Hey PCC parents… Is this one of the IDIOT classes you are paying for for your little darlings?

    FWIW, "Navigating Pornography" sounds like a rather useful supplement to our (somewhat) lacking sex-education systems. In which setting do you think college-age kids would prefer to learn about pornography: in a controlled environment with similarly aged/interested students? Or with Pops and his collection of 1981 Hustler mags?

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on March 01, 2013 4:16 PM:

    There was also a kerfuffle like this at my undegrad college. At least once a year (or semester), there would always be a listing for "TBA" on the University Center movie calendar. That was the porno show. And this went on with nary even a peep until one particular movie was actually advertised (something about "Pirates" and "Booty" in the title). And, yes, it made it to the evening news.

    Not that too many students on campus were complaining. Just the standard pearl-clutching from the outsiders as if it was the first time porn had been shown to a bunch of young college-students who would otherwise have been streaming it on their computers anyways... Besides nobody actually went to get their rocks off. It was more like an inside joke for everybody to laugh at when a hapless freshman asked "What does 'TBA' mean?".

  • somethingblue on March 02, 2013 3:14 PM:

    Whatever one can say about this event, it seems tough to argue that Mr. Deen has "no salable skills for the workplace."

  • Yeah on March 04, 2013 7:33 AM:

    "Nagivating Pornograhpy" sounds like a course a Junior Highschool student could teach to the Professors etc. Technology, eh?