Forty-three American institutions of higher education now offer students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in “Human Sexuality.” The list includes top-tier universities such as Princeton, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Dartmouth. Princeton offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree on the subject, describing the “Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies” as “dedicated to the study of gender and sexuality in complex articulation with race, ethnicity, class, disability, religion, nationality, and other intersections of identity, power, and politics.” Courses for the program include “Feminist Approaches to Bioethics,” “Perilous Desires,” and “Writing the Body,” in which students explore “bodies of pleasure, sexualities, race, pain, desire, trauma, memory, bodies in extremity” and “open [their] eyes and ears to the sensuous world.”
The preoccupation with sexuality on college campuses such as Princeton is hardly an accident. An article published February 2017, titled “The Left’s Obsession with Vulgar Sexuality Isn’t Random,” explains the motives behind the hyper-sexualization of notoriously “progressive” zones like college campuses. “Sexuality is one of the easiest and most enticing avenues for gaining control over people through culture.” Once the state gains control over a subject’s body, it almost inevitably gains control over the subject’s mind. This process largely takes place under the guise of a college course teaching “abortion and reproductive rights.” As the aforementioned article asserts, “The Left works assiduously to decouple sex from a person’s own sense of bodily privacy and, by extension, self-ownership. If a person has no sense of autonomy, that person is a readymade cog for the statist machinery.”
It is not a new idea that jettisoning bodily privacy could be the first step toward a totalitarian mindset. Arguably, the gravest and most articulate warning against the potential of physical oppression comes from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. In order to control the minds of its subjects, the oppressive Socialist regime within the novel known as “The Party” must first take control of the subjects’ bodies. While enduring extreme torture at the hands of The Party, the timidly rebellious protagonist Winston Smith concludes that physical pain is the ultimate weapon against mind and heart. “Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain, there are no heroes.” The Party uses this pain to condition the minds of its subjects into believing absurdity after absurdity, such as that two and two equals five. Control over the body gives way to control over the mind.
In his article “Cultural Marxism: Who Stole Our Culture?” author William S. Lind explains that Socialism has never been about state control of labor, but rather about subordinating citizens to the power of the government. He writes, “How did America become the sleazy, decadent place we live in today – so different that those who grew up prior to the ‘60s feel like it’s a foreign country? . . . In fact, a deliberate agenda was followed to steal our culture and leave a new and very different one in its place.” That agenda is manifest in higher education’s hyper-sexualization of its students’ minds. Until we are able to repudiate this agenda, these students will never know that two and two do not make five, but four.