Students taking a human sexuality course at Western Nevada College were allegedly required to masturbate, keep sex journals for class discussion and share personal details of their sexual histories, including sexual abuse, for a term paper as a requirement for a passing grade, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a student.
If the accusations are true, I'd have to agree that the instructor crossed many lines that shouldn't be crossed and, IMO, this raises some serious questions about the instructor. The issue isn't the explicit content of a sexuality course; the problem is the expectation and demand for personal disclosure that should not be compelled in a course of this nature.
But this report also brings up a personal recollection.
For a research paper in a college sexuality course, a female classmate and friend of mine had sex with another woman. We were in the class together, and she only told me about her paper quite some time after the class had ended, when it occurred to me to ask her what she'd written about. She's a smart, exceptionally creative person, so I was interested in her findings and insights.
IIRC, she received a low-C grade for her research paper. It seems the professor didn't consider that to be the kind of research he was looking for, which didn't surprise me. My friend thought the professor had been rather dense about the whole thing, but she wasn't the kind to complain to a professor or argue about a grade. I don't think she cared about grades. She had been educated at a progressive, private school that has graduated an extraordinary number of people who went on to mega-success in many different fields. Knowing a bit about the school she'd attended, I guessed that her earlier education may have had something to do with her hands-on approach to research.
A decade later she became quite a visionary in the corporate marketing world. She entered the business with none of the traditional credentials and no resume to speak of, but she soon had a substantial roster of major corporate clients and offices all over the world. Today, her innovations are copied by others in the field because they're so effective. I won't say exactly what she does because it would be too easy to identify her.
For a number of years, I didn't make the connection, but one day it occurred to me that when we were in that sexuality class, the seeds of the idea that would lead to her success were already planted. Nothing to do with sex. Rather, it was about the way she was thinking.