Universities are known for being hotbeds of liberalism. Where students once sat in classrooms learning organic chemistry and Socrates, they now take classes like ‘Visual Arts 104A: Performing the Self.’ The professor of this class, taught at the publicly funded University of California, San Diego (UCSD) had one request of his students taking their final exams: “to be either physically naked or ‘emotionally naked’ to pass the final.”
According to Amanda Fitzmorris, chair of the College Republicans at UCSD, in the eleven years professor Ricardo Dominguez has taught this class, only one student has opted to be “emotionally naked.” That means the entire classroom, including Dominguez, sat naked while taking their final exams.
What exactly are students learning, or proving they have learned, by being nude in a classroom among students and a professor of the opposite gender? Being nude doesn’t prove one is comfortable being their “true self” but instead shows a student is incapable of expressing themselves outside of their sexuality. The scenario of students stripping down naked as part of their grade is already abusive, and is ripe for physical abuse both by the professor and fellow students.
The University claims that being naked is not a requirement, but given the overwhelming majority of those who bare all, one can easily understand how students could feel pressured into stripping in order to pass. The University, and therefore this class and its professor, are funded with a combination of taxpayer dollars and the tuition payments of its students, including many parents.
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