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College is often a place for sexual experimentation, and I spent my four years at Wesleyan exploring sexual scholarship and activism from every possible angle. My fellow students and I secured university funds to show sexually explicit videos like How to Female Ejaculate and bring speakers like sexpert Susie Bright and a woman who held the title of National Leatherwoman of the Year to campus. The queer group hosted notorious dance parties where, by the end of the night, lots of women ended up dancing topless on tables. During my senior year, I took a self-designed lesbian erotic-writing tutorial with four other dykes, in which we studied the art of smut craft. I watched porn videos for my honors thesis and called it research, as in, "No, I can't go to a party at Psi U tonight; I am doing research."

Nearly one decade later, sex and porn continue to be favorite pastimes on campuses across the country, and in some cases, they're even worth college credit. That's right, the days of purely mental masturbation may be over for some studious scholars. Students see explicit material (including porn) as part of human sexuality classes at countless higher-learning institutions, and it's become acceptable at more liberal universities to study the history of prostitution, erotic literature, and the sexual revolution. Modern blue movies have become the hot topic: There are classes on pornography offered at Arizona State, Emerson College, NYU, Northwestern, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and my own alma mater, Wesleyan. Several well-regarded schools even have their own student-produced erotic magazines, including Squirm from Vassar and Unmentionables from Swarthmore. What a difference a decade makes. Homework and extracurricular activities have never been so much fun!

Two years ago, there was a media frenzy about a group of enterprising Yale undergrads who got together to watch hardcore vids and eat fried chicken (no, meat eating and beating was not an official part of the curriculum). Drawing upon the adult-film tradition of unimaginative obviousness, they named themselves Porn 'N Chicken, and word was they were making their very own fuck flick. According to local lore, The StaXXX, shot and directed by actual Yalies, starred fellow classmates—get this—getting busy in the Yale library. They even had a faculty adviser. Well, no porn movie ever surfaced, but the savvy little savants sold their story to Comedy Central, which produced an appropriately overhyped, undersexed movie about them.

The mainstream adult industry has long capitalized on the winning combination of college and copulation, offering titles like Black Carnal Co-Eds and College Girls: Extreme Initiations by the thousands. The success of Playboy pictorials like "Women of the Ivy League" and "Girls of the Big 12" and the spring break boob-baring camcorder spectacle Girls Gone Wild! proves that college coochie is a very popular market niche. The straight male consumer especially likes the idea of nubile near-adults frolicking and fornicating. So it's no surprise that porn set at women's colleges is considered double the pleasure, a girl-girl connoisseur's wet dream in which sorority sisters strap it on, deans do wealthy donors' daughters, and the headmistress trades high grades for good head.

I didn't spy any such salacious sex trysts when I recently spoke at a prestigious private liberal-arts college, but I'm convinced that the student body was still quite interested in porn and sex. I was overwhelmed by the response and attendance at my three talks: "My Life as a Feminist Pornographer," "G-Spot Stimulation and Female Ejaculation," and "Anal Sex 101." A woman from the audience identified herself as webmistress of a site called SmithieGirls.com. I'd seen the URL before and assumed it was just another porno site capitalizing on the college-girl craze, filled with photos of what guys imagine happens at all-girl schools: smart-looking babes (read: wearing glasses and holding books) doing each other. What most guys don't realize is that these days, not everyone who goes to a women's college identifies as a girl; there are butches, dykes, even trannie boys galore, and when they fuck their girlfriends, trust me, it's not your average straight guy's fantasy.

I was impressed to learn that SmithieGirls.com is a porn site created by actual female college students about a year ago. According to its webmistress, when it first went up, the address was kept private (or as private as anything can be kept on the Web) and given out only to prospective models to view a cursory pictorial of her girlfriend. Then someone leaked it to a popular online collegiate forum called Daily Jolt, and the shit hit the fan. Fellow students criticized the prototype site as anti-feminist and degrading, and those who recognized the model posted her full name and home telephone number on the forum. Less than two weeks after it went live, the site came down. Now a year later, it's been relaunched with a new mission: to prove, through words and images, that porn can be feminist. When I perused the revamped site, I was a little disappointed by the lack of content. There is a smattering of articles—some heady, others goofy, like "We're Going to Have Porn Luminaries at Our Wedding"—public forums, and two small pictorials, both black-and-white, very artsy, and at times murky. There is no actual sex depicted on this feminist porn site. But while it's not nudie nuclear physics, it is a start. And it's one of the few porn sites by and for undergrads of a top college that I know of (others include NakkidNerds.com by a former UMass student and Iwantanewgirlfriend.com by Jack from Westfield College).

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