You’re young, as hot as you’re probably ever going to get, and there’s a party on every night with people as young and as bright and as hot as you. And you want to stay in your room and masturbate with a dildo? Really?
This week Melbourne University’s Ormond College banned dildos and other sex toys on campus, stating the genre does not allow people at a “formative stage of life” to develop a “healthy sexuality”.
Some students have argued not all sex toys are demeaning (it’s even educational!), and to deny female students the ability to pleasure themselves in their rooms is to clamp down on freedom of expression.
But I reckon there are other freedoms that are more worth fighting for.
The college’s master – theologian and ethicist Dr Rufus Black – argued in a newsletter to the college’s 400 students that sex toys were exploitative, objectify men and “presents men primarily as sex objects who are a means to the end of female pleasure”.
To stop or discourage the behaviour that you don’t want, you need to start with an ideal. For Black, that ideal is that students shouldn’t sit in their rooms playing with toys that objectify men.
To have men enter the world having learned to accept a degraded position in it, alongside women who accept men being degraded – whether that is through the objectification via dildos they see on campus, or the words used to described men in college parlance – is dangerous. We should not allow this acceptance to be internalised in the ruling class.
Well, makes as much sense as the fuckwittery they are doing.