Paul L. Caron

Thursday, September 24, 2009

BBC: Curvy Students 'Perk of the Job'

BBC, Curvy Students "Perk of the Job," by Katherine Sellgren:

Terence Kealey, of the University of Buckingham, said lecturers were aware of females who "flaunted their curves".

In a tongue-in-cheek article for Times Higher Education Magazine on the seven deadly sins of the academy, he advised academics to "look but not touch".

The National Union of Students condemned the comments as insulting and disrespectful to women.

Dr Kealey, a clinical bio-chemist and vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, likened the classroom to a lap dancing club and said admiring the curves of attractive students could help "spice up" marital sex.

In his article about the sin of lust, Dr Kealey wrote: "Most male lecturers know that, most years, there will be a girl in class who flashes her admiration and who asks for advice on her essays. "What to do? Enjoy her! She's a perk."

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In conversations (mostly when I was much younger), I found female professors no less appreciative of attractive male students than the other way around, the assumption that this is a "one way street" is a sort of weird residue of sexism that would probably best be left to the journalists

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 25, 2009 3:24:57 AM