A University Chancellor was Reprimanded for Inviting a Porn Star to Speak at His Campus. Here’s Why That’s a Problem.

The UW System is hindering public discourse, unfairly punishing one of its chancellors, and slut-shaming a woman for her history in pornography.

UW System President Ray Cross looking displeased about a different situation, but I imagine he had a similar expression when he found out about Nina Hartley’s visit to the UW. Image credit: M.P. King — State Journal

I…selected Hartley because I hoped she would remind our students, faculty and staff that sexual behavior should only involve consenting adults utilizing safe-sex practices. — Joe Gow

Nina Hartley scantily clad in a turtleneck. Image credit: La Crosse Tribune
UW System President Ray Cross’ Letter of Reprimand to UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow
The Grumpy Old Man (okay, Bob Atwell) at his finest. Image credit: The La Crosse Tribune

…It is not the proper role of the university to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they, or others, find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.

Although members of the university community at each institution are free to criticize and contest the views expressed on campus, they may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others, including speakers who are invited to campus, to express views they reject or even loathe.

Chancellor Joe Gow. Photo Credit: UW-La Crosse
Ray Cross, practicing his strangling techniques? Image credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Another risqué image of Nina Hartley. Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

I have been in the trenches of the gender wars for 35 years now and have seen first-hand how our rigidity regarding sexual matters harms everyone — Hartley

Totalitarians and authoritarians alike fear sexual freedom because desire is anarchic and chaotic.

Chancellor Beverly Kopper. Photo credit: University of Wisconsin System

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