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Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad

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In order to glimpse America's future, one needs to look no further than its college campuses. Of those institutions, none holds more clout than Yale University. Yet the school has become a full-fledged moral battleground where:
A porn star gives atopless S&M demonstration in a classroom
A student had received approval for an art project she said included tissue from rep
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Nathan Harden
Sep 02, 2012 Nathan Harden added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to raise awareness about some vital issues in our sexual culture with this book. I'm extremely passionate about what I've written, and am grateful that so many others are now talking about the direction of elite higher-ed in this country, as well as the state of our sexual culture, and the negative views of women that are being bought and sold every day by the sex industry.

I welcome questions, comments, or discussion with readers. So pleas
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Shelley
If Amazon and Goodreads reviews offer any measure of a book’s success—or lack thereof—I’d say that Nathan Harden’s book God, Sex and Yale: Porn, Political Correctness and a Good Education Gone Bad has been something of a failure. Despite having been reviewed prominently on The New York Times in the summer of 2012 and subsequently listed as an “Editor’s Choice” for the Sunday Book Review, it remains largely unread and somewhat maligned. But why should it do poorly? Nathan Harden is intelligent an ...more
Jeff
Conservatives have been calling for the reform of American institutions a decade or more now. One of the most fascinating of these calls is from within the Obama administration, Cass Sunstein's "libertarian paternalism," a paternalism on behalf of freeing choices within an assumption of bureaucratic systems. Nathan Harden, writing about Yale (his alma mater), argues that a permissive sexual culture undermines the University's responsibility to act in loco parentis -- this phrase, by the way, is ...more
Zahir
Nathan Harden had the opportunity to shed light on the sexual and political culture predominant at Yale, arguably one of the most important institutions in the world, and analyze the threats that this culture poses to the students and the nation as a whole. While he does this well in certain respects, he completely fails in others. Well written, and at certain points very thoughtful, Harden has a tendency to be extremely condescending and sanctimonious. The result is a book that addresses some v ...more
Baelor
I would like to rate this 3.5 stars but cannot.

A few responses to vague negative reviews:

1) General attacks on the book as "garbage" or on Harden as a token "conservative windbag" and the like are only reinforcing one of Harden's points, not to mention the crux of William Buckley's argument in God and Man at Yale, of which Harden's book is obviously a spiritual successor (q.v. in particular the essay preceding the text in the 50th anniversary edition and Buckley's essay in the 25th anniversary e
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Steve
First what I would criticize him for: a decent amount of repetition and poor organizing of his thoughts. Some of his chapter titles were over the top in grabbing attention, not really delivering what they purported.
That being said, I found the sex content to be just as contemptible and unnerving as Harden intended it to be. I was appalled that such things could happen at a place like Yale. And when he finally ties this in to his assertion that running God necessarily means running to this type o
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Janet
A MUST READ for people who are sending their kids to college. I know most kids won't make it to Yale, but what is being practiced there is at the U of I, and other state schools.
Strawfoot
28 pages in before I encountered a transphobic slur in this book. And I am done.
Susan
Thanks to Shelley for bringing this book to my attention. Harden is a thoughtful, passionate, and insightful man. Some readers may find that he has a political angle or a certain bent while reading the first hundred or so pages. I found myself wishing that he had been more balanced when he seems to condemn the entire school for the (albeit strongly) symbolic actions of sex week and the piteous graspings of its “Art “ department.

More importantly, though, I found myself wholly awed by the fact tha
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Dean Anderson

In the conclusion of Nathan Harden’s “Sex and God at Yale”, he warns that the things that happen at Yale will echo in schools throughout the country. I’m afraid the warning comes a bit late. Yale had its first “Sex Week” in 2002. I went to San Diego State University in the early 1980’s. At that time, pornographic films such as “Deep Throat” were screened on campus. We had a Playboy centerfold autographing magazines in the campus bookstore. (SDSU was ranked at that time by Playboy in their list
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Elizabeth
I was largely impressed by Harden's ability to combine a simply entertaining account of the sexcapades that go on at Yale (and his own life) with a deeper philosophical inquiry about whether or not gender equality, as a value, can still exist in a realm of moral relativism, and in an institution that has, for the most part, abandoned the religious purposes it was founded for. Well-written, with a deeply satiric tone that had me laughing out loud at least three times. A novelty for books that, in ...more
Nicholas Robison
This book takes a hard look at the changing culture of American education, specifically, but not limited to, the context of Yale. While much of the book will not be news to many readers it's nonetheless a thought provoking collections of anecdotes and statistics worthy of careful consideration. The title of the book echoes back to William Buckley's infamous 'God and Man at Yale' but here the word order is notably reversed, which seems to say even more about the culture it's critiquing. While thi ...more
Philip
This book will literally turn your stomach; I felt physically ill at points. Not a fun read but probably necessary for anyone in higher education who wants to understand the culture at the ultimate culture-making institution. Book was a little too long -- Harden wastes time with repeated descriptions thick with sarcasm, and the sections about his experience at Yale, specifically, were stronger than those about Yale / higher education generally. A tough book to read and one that will require a me ...more
Leslie
A stunning expose' and a well thought out statement against secular humanism taken to the extreme. Points out over and over again the hypocrisy of "everything is good". I wish everyone in the USA would read this book and that we could have a rational conversation about boundaries, standards, morals, and respect. Yale and other colleges have reached a TRULY embarrassing level of depravity. It's not cute, it's not hip, it's not clever, and it's not enlightened.
Aisha
I thought I was going through intellectual Hell in my prestigious UK university until I read Nathan's book & realized I am oh so lucky! the final straw was when I witnessed Hijabi girl talking about how AIDS impacted the Gay porn industry (it was part of the "Queer Theory & Literature" seminar!!) I have no idea where this world is heading!!! thank you for speaking up, Nathan.. I wish you all the best..
Rich
Nathan Harden makes it clear that we live in hypocrisy when we tolerate the abuse and sexual exploitation of women and call it free speech. This book is graphic beyond my taste but I agree with his thesis and am appalled by what is going on at our Ivy League schools. The disease is spreading but no one wants to call a doctor.
Robert Lowry
Trite and little more than regurgitated right-wing blather. What could have been an interesting and important book was just a tantrum. Disappointing all around.
Kim Levell
3.5 stars. Interesting and thought-provoking read but a little too graphic for my taste.
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