A bare-breasted stripper sang a lewd song about Saint Bridget of Ireland, with lyrics mocking the act of ascension as she climbed to the top of a stripper’s pole.
How soon will confidence be restored to our university as a place where minds, souls, and bodies can feel safe from agents, perpetrators, and abettors of white privilege, irresponsibility, debauchery and violence? "
Professor Houston Baker
March 29, 2006
Awaiting the Restoration of Confidence: A Letter to the Duke University Administration
A dominatrix donned a large, “strap-on” male sex organ, and whipped a dog collared kneeling young man(slave) on a leash to the cheers of the audience.
How do we measure, value, assess, and document the energy of spirit, body, and intellect expended by those who endure the problems caused by cultures of both masculine and white racial disrespect? In its forms of verbal violence as well as physical, in its presumption that there are some bodies available for taunt and tirade, whim and whisper, the "event" is phased back into the subaltern spaces of university life and culture. Their sporting behaviors, on and off the courts, endure.
Professor Karla FC Holloway
Coda: Bodies of Evidence
While the dog collared slave encouraged the Duke students to chant "Faster" in Chinese the dominatrix pretended to masturbate the large dildo in ecstasy.
The DCS states: Duke University is a community of scholars and learners, committed to the principles of honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and respect for others. Students share with faculty and staff the responsibility for promoting a climate of integrity. As citizens of this community, students are expected to adhere to these fundamental values at all times, in both their academic and non-academic endeavors.
AN EXAMINATION OF STUDENT JUDICIAL PROCESS AND PRACTICES
Report from Academic Council Student Affairs Committee (ACSAC)
to President Richard Brodhead and Prof. Paul Haagen, Executive Committee of the Academic Council
May 1, 2006
Did it violate Duke Policy?
Duke bans strippers from campus — again Sept 21, 2006
- A policy banning strippers from on-campus events is back in the rule book at Duke University, after allegations that members of the school's lacrosse team raped an exotic dancer led officials to notice it had been inadvertently removed.
The policy governs only on-campus events and wouldn't have applied to the March off-campus lacrosse team party where an exotic dancer has said she was sexually assaulted by three men in a bathroom.
The rule — "strippers may not be invited or paid to perform at events sponsored by individual students, residential living groups, or cohesive units" — had been a part of Duke's Bulletin of Information and Regulations long before the lacrosse case surfaced, said Stephen Bryan, the school's associate dean of students and judicial affairs director. MSNBC
Who sponsored it?
At least, it was willing on Sunday night, when a variety of university organizations paid for a performance of the Sex Workers Art Show at the campus’ Reynolds Theater. The show was sponsored by the following official university departments, centers and student organizations: the Duke Women’s Center, the Duke Student Health Center, the Healthy Devils, the Program for the Study of Sexualities, the Campus Council, the Women’s Studies Department, the University and Cultural Fund, Students for Choice, Students for Choice and the Sexual Assault Support Services. The Art Show received a total of $3,500 and high-level official sanctioning from the university, according to Kenneth Larrey, president of the Duke Students for an Ethical Duke, Jay Schalin of the John Williams Pope Center
Who knew about it in the Administration?
According to Larrey, Duke president Richard Brodhead “appeared to act as if he didn’t want to know” when Larrey tried to bring up the apparent contradiction between the school’s action’s and the regulations against the hiring of strippers. Larrey said provost Peter Lange spoke to him several days before the show and said that the organizers went through the correct processes for the Sex Workers to appear on campus, and that it would be “censorious” to rescind the school’s permission at that point. He also said that there was a big difference between the Sex Workers Art Show and the hiring of strippers by the Duke lacrosse team in 2006. Larrey did not say whether the provost specified what that difference was.
Larrey also contacted the campus police on the day of the event to check on whether the policy would be enforced. He was informed that the show was sanctioned by the college. Jay Schalin of the John Williams Pope Center
Hat Tip: Kenneth Larrey, Jay Schalin