Harvard Protects the “Kink” in your Armor

Lending credence to the late William F. Buckley’s statement that “he would sooner live in a society governed by the first 100 names randomly selected from the Boston Telephone Directory than by the faculty at Harvard College,” its Committee on Student Life recognized yet another new “society” this past Friday. It’s  called “Munch.”

See if you can guess the mission of Munch:

  • A society dedicated to the promotion of healthy snack foods that complement the use of medical marijuana;
  • A group dedicated to the promotion of kinky sex;
  • A society dedicated to the promotion of kinky and alternative snack foods.

If you guessed what’s behind Door #2, you would be correct.

Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said in a statement “the college does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization.” But he was also quick to point out that Harvard is not the first school in the country to formally recognize kinky sex groups, and that several active groups exist within the larger community in Cambridge and neighboring Boston.

In a statement posted on a Harvard website, organizers said the group “exists to promote a positive and accurate understanding of alternative sexualities and kink on campus, as well as to create a space where college-age adults may reach out to their peers and feel accepted in their own sexuality,” the statement said.

“Though existing campus groups range from representing women and men, queer sexualities and orientations, all the way to groups dedicated to abstinence (!), no other group exists as a forum for students interested in alternative sexualities to explore their identities and develop a proper sense of community.”

The Harvard Crimson quotes one founder, identified only as Michael, as saying that recognition “comes with the fact of legitimacy” and shows members are being taken seriously. There are also practical benefits to formal recognition, including the ability to apply for grants, post notices and secure convenient time and locations for meetings, the founder said. The Crimson reported that his group’s efforts to gain official recognition last spring were foiled by trouble finding an adviser and problems with its own constitution.

And I thought crashing AA meetings in search of members of the opposite sex was over the top. But seriously, these students had trouble finding an adviser?

—Tom Finn

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