College Launches Class To Watch Porn In Name Of Art

(FreedomBeacon.com)- A private liberal arts college in Utah will be offering a course studying the cultural impact of pornography during its summer term.

The class, “Gender 3000 – Porn” will be offered starting in May at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. The course will examine the hard-core porn industry as a “cultural phenomenon” and as an “art form that requires serious contemplation.”

To do that, students will watch porn movies during class and then discuss “the sexualization of race, class, and gender as an experimental, radical art form.”

News of the class description was widely shared on social media, resulting in an online backlash against the college. However, a representative from Westminster College said the school is still going ahead with the planned class.

Westminster’s chief marketing officer, Sheila Rapazzo Yorkin told ABC-4 that the elective was still part of the college’s online roster. In a statement, Yorkin explained that the school occasionally offers courses to give students an “opportunity to analyze social issues.” Part of this analysis, she explained, was examining “potentially offensive topics like pornography to further understand their pervasiveness and impact.”

Yorkin contended that course descriptions can often seem alarming to some, but they are written to help students determine whether they want to “engage in serious investigation” of a controversial subject. She explained that the purpose of the course is to help students learn to think critically “about the influence of digital media culture.”

ABC-4 also spoke with the instructor for the course, Chanza Torres, who dismissed the idea that the class is some kind of “attack on conservatism or religious practice.” Torres explained that her background growing up Catholic was a catalyst that prompted her to study why “sex is considered scary.”

Defending the class, Torres explained that it wasn’t an excuse for college students to “watch porn, giggle, and go home.” She reiterated that the course is an elective and said she has no interest “in making my students copies of myself.”

On the plus side, at least Chanza Torres isn’t offering this class to kindergarteners.