Well, this is taking a diary to the next level.
A recent straight-identifying female graduate of Duke University spent her senior year doing not only her actual thesis, but another, more “private” one in PowerPoint format, entitled “An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academia.” Yes, dear readers, you read that correctly. This young woman made a PowerPoint presentation about sex. More specifically, about every male student she had had sex with during her time at Duke.
Each young man was rated by their physical attractiveness, penis size, talent, creativity, aggressiveness, entertainment, athletic ability, and “bonus” factors, such as “the presence of professional surfing skills.”
How do I know this?
Well, firstly, it was posted on Jezebel along with an interesting commentary. But before that happened, the PowerPoint went viral. The author says that she only meant for it to be seen by three of her close friends, but her ladies ended up sending it to others, who sent it to more people, and so on and so forth, until …
… it was all over the internet and Duke fraternity listserves. She is quoted as saying:
I regret it with all my heart. I would never intentionally hurt the people that are mentioned on that.
Well, of course not. But she still made the presentation and sent it to people over the internet. And she was still writing potentially hurtful things about the individuals she had sexual relationships with, using their real names.
However, don’t fear: the female student is dealing with the unwanted fame and rigors of grief and regret quiet well. The Dean of Students apparently called the author of the list to “see how she was doing.” And, get this … a HarperCollins publisher has gone to Jezebel attempting to get the author’s contact info … why? Because they want her to write a book as the “female Tucker Max.”
I’m not going to lie, this girl is clearly very smart, funny, and introspective. However, I have to ask: is this only being considered okay and not-so-awful by the general public because the author is female? What if the author was a male, and all of the “victims” on the list were female?
If one of the frat boys in her PowerPoint presentation were to have made it, I would bet that the reaction would be much, much different. He would not be offered book deals. The Dean would not be calling to “check up” on him. In fact, he would probably be publicly scrutinized and have his integrity called into question. I’d even go as far as to say that the people who were written about would press charges against him for defamation and sexual harrassment.
But that’s just me (and you know how I feel about the internet). What do you guys think?