A recent Princeton graduate, Christian C. Sahner, who just completed a fellowship at The Wall Street Journal, wrote a departing op-ed on September 5th, titled “Sexed Up Sex-Ed”, in which he complained about a mandatory freshman orientation presentation at Princeton that dramatizes the nature and degrees of consensual and nonconsensual sex among undergraduates. Sahner, who is clearly both religious and socially conservative, at least by Ivy League standards, objected primarily to the content of the play, arguing that it depicts all students as sexually active and tacitly endorses the so-called “hook up culture” that, in his view, it ought to discourage.
I come from a very different background and social perspective than Mr. Sahner, but with regard to his critique of Princeton’s program, I actually think that he has understated the outrageousness of these pseudo-educational exercises that are now ubiquitous on our college campuses. Having studied freshman orientation programs closely in the past, I felt compelled to write a letter to the editor.
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