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NU Students Support Professor Michael Bailey

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Professor John Michael Bailey has been an inspiring professor for Northwestern University for many years now. His Human Sexuality class has become so popular that there are currently 600 students enrolled in the class. What is arguably the best feature of this class are the guest speakers that come to speak to the class after lecture which students have the option of attending but are not required to. These speakers have all been extremely relevant and helpful in the understanding and contextualization of the material that we have learned in class. This educational method has extraordinary benefits, and it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about a certain area of sexuality. As current NU undergraduates, those of us who witnessed the sex toy demonstration first hand believe that the amount of negative attention received by all sorts of media outlets is excessive and not merited. We believe that guest speaker Ken Melvoin-Berg's presentation was one that had educational value in demonstrating the sexual concept of fetishism, and we learned valuable information from this demonstration. It is subjective to determine whether or not the event was inappropriate, but we collectively believe that Professor Bailey should not be severely punished for the demonstration. He has received an unnecessary amount of negative attention and is currently facing ethics charges from Robin Mathy who claims that, "...this is going to result in the deaccreditation of the psychology department." This entire incident has been blown excessively out of proportion, and we believe that this negative press should cease. We ask the university to consider the incredibly positive influence that Professor Bailey has had on his students and on this campus as a whole. We current undergraduate students at Northwestern University are in full support of him and his efforts, and we ask that he not receive drastic punishment for his actions.


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