A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying “how far would you be comfortable going?” and “would you like to try this with me?”
In an email obtained by Campus Reform, students were told they must complete the Title IX training in order to register for courses in the spring.
“This course is mandatory, and you must complete it by February 9, 2016. If you do not complete the training by this date you will receive a registration hold until the training is complete,” the email stated.
Well, scratch that off the list of places I would like my daughter to go to school (kidding, it’s in downtown L.A., I never wanted her to go there).
Worry not, incoming students, the old creepers who created the curriculum assure us it’s like totally groovy and stuff:
Despite some students being uncomfortable with the content of the course, the campus-wide email assured students they would “enjoy the assignment.”
“We believe you’ll enjoy the assignment, and that this training is in line with our shared belief that Trojans care for Trojans. It is an innovative, engaging, and informative online course, created with students for students,” the email stated.
Unless you’re an 18-year-old kid who is uncomfortable telling strangers how many times you had oral sex during the previous summer.
The course begins with a detailed questionnaire that asks students to reveal how often they are having sex and using drugs or alcohol. The survey also asks students to specify the number of sexual partners they have had in the past three months.
After revealing both the number of times they have had sex and with how many different people, students are then asked to state whether or not they used a condom.
“If you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months, how many times had you used a condom?” the survey asks.
Honestly, every time I think things can’t get more depraved and ridiculous on American college campuses one of them steps up to teach me a lesson about underestimating them.
The questions are disturbing enough; the fact that students can’t enroll for classes until they’ve answered them moves this story into full-on dystopian novel territory. The obsession with condoms at a school whose mascot is the “Trojans” adds a layer of absurdity that Kurt Vonnegut couldn’t dream up.
If college campuses are truly concerned about sexual assault among students, maybe they shouldn’t start by making the kids talk about how much they have sex.