Northwestern University psychology professor J. Michael Bailey is drawing attention following a controversial presentation last month. After his Feb. 21 class on human sexual arousal concluded, students were given the option of remaining after class to watch a guest presentation. More than 100 students chose to stay as a man and a woman took the lecture stage, where the woman removed her clothes on the lecture stage and voluntarily proceeded to use a motorized sex toy.
The college paper, the Daily Northwestern, broke the story. It included a statement from professor Bailey about the uproar that followed. Bailey says student feedback on the demonstration has been 'uniformly positive':
Do I have any regrets? It is mostly too early to say. I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown ups rather than fragile children.
WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago, quotes Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage:
"Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines. The University supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge."
Prior guest presentations by Bailey include question and answer sessions from transgendered people and gay men discussing their lives, as well as experts in women's sexual health and a plastic surgeon.