An Ivy League education now includes a school-sanctioned opportunity to experience the thrill of chains and whips in the bedroom.
Gawker reported that Harvard has officially recognized a student group (called Harvard College Munch) for BDSM "lovers." BDSM, according to Harvard's school newspaper, "stands for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism."
Harvard school newspaper The Crimson reported on Nov. 29 that Harvard College Munch was "one of 15 student organization that will be approved by the Committee on Student Life this Friday." The new designation gives the group perks, as The Crimson notes: "Munch is also now allowed to apply for DAPA food grants, making it easier to find a convenient time and location to meet, instead of gathering in small dining halls."
In a February 2012 profile of Harvard College Munch, The Crimson quoted its leader defining BDSM: "Or, as my crude definition states, it's tying people up, telling them to do stuff, and hitting them with things," Michael says jokingly. The same article quoted another member: "I like being told that I'm a slut or good for nothing but sex ... But when you tell me I'm a whore, what you're really saying is I love you."
Higher education has taken on a whole new meaning.
Alternative forms of sexual expression are strongly encouraged at other "institutions of higher learning." Yale holds a biennial "Sex week" on campus, complete with appearances by porn star. A professor at Western Nevada College allegedly required students to masturbate and keep sex journals for discussions held during class. A course on the book "50 Shades of Grey," the most famous expression of these fantasies, is scheduled to be taught at American University during the spring 2013 semester.