Sociology Of Sexuality @ UC Irvine, 11/8/07
Last Thursday, pornstar and director (and Fleshbot Crush Object, link NSFW) Dana DeArmond (MySpace) and her boyfriend Daniel (MySpace), along with pornstars Justin Long (NSFW) and Jon Jon (NSFW), were featured guest speakers in Professor Kassia Wosick-Correa's Sociology of Sexuality course at UC Irvine.
According to TIME, the study of pornography on a collegiate level originated in the early 1990s, as the article mentioned Professor Linda Williams' Film and Rhetoric course at UC Berkeley, but I remember that around the same time, Professor Constance Penley began teaching a pornography-themed Film Studies course at UC Santa Barbara. Hosting discussions with guest speakers from the adult industry seems to be a common occurence with these universities, especially given their relatively close proximity with Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, as back in March, DeArmond's friend Belladonna (MySpace) appeared at a previous Wosick-Correa course, while last year, Vivid-Alt (MySpace) head Eon McKai (MySpace) and Burning Angel founder Joanna Angel (MySpace) appeared at Penley's Film Studies course, and earlier this year, pornstar Sinnamon Love appeared at Professor Mirielle Miller-Young's Feminism in Porn course (also at UCSB).
Wosick-Correa describes her course:
Why porn in class? Why porn stars as guest speakers? Since the class is devoted to the sociology of sexuality, we examine the sex industry as a place where gender, race, class, and sexuality intersect. Because the class is also sex positive, I am devoted to exposing students to various aspects of the sex industry, which includes a wide range of pornography, consumer perspectives, and inside the industry approaches. Having people who work in the industry come to answer questions, tell their stories, and be a resource for young people to learn about sex and commodifying erotic experiences and fantasies is a part of the course ethos.
More about Thursday's class and the contents of DeArmond's suitcase after the jump.