Fucksaw: John Michael Bailey Demos Sex Toy in NU Class
Fucksaw: Northwestern University Professor John Michael Bailey Demonstrates Sex Toy to Class
Northwestern University Psychology professor John Michael Bailey demonstrated a sex toy he called a "fucksaw", which was essentially a phallus attached to a reciprocating saw (and not, apparently, a motorized jigsaw). In a presentation ot over 100 students, a female non-student was brought to orgasm by Chicago tour guide Ken Melvoin-Berg, who was operating the fucksaw. [Update: the Sun-Times says the fucksaw demonstrators were Jim Marcus and Faith Kroll]
Inevitably, word of the fucksaw demonstration spread beyond the walls of the classroom, and beyond the Northwestern University Campus.
According to one attendee, students were warned several times during the lecture that things were about to get intense. As the fucksaw demo was part of an optional lecture, it was technically permissible. Students and faculty are defending Bailey, who has a history of pushing the envelope in his classes and research.
John Michael Bailey addressed his regularly-scheduled lecture class regarding the incident, but it was not to apologize: "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but watching naked people on stage doing pleasurable things will never hurt you." Northwestern University president Morton Schapiro said he was "troubled and disappointed" by the fucksaw demonstration during Bailey's lecture.
John Michael Bailey is the former Chair of Psychology at NU; he published a highly-controversial book called The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender Bending and Transsexualism, which argues that homosexuality is an inherited trait, and also examines the theory that there are two distinct types of transsexualism.
Last Wednesday, Bailey devoted six minutes of his lecture to addressing mounting controversy regarding the incident and articulating his educational intent. He told the class he feared the demonstration would impact the after-class events, which are sponsored by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and he explained the educational purpose of the events.
Actually, the fucksaw demo may influence all manner of "after-class events". For those wondering, the fucksaw is a real over-the-counter product, boasting up to 2500 strokes per minute.