Despite administrative controversy, PCC’s ‘navigating pornography’ class continues
It was standing room only as sexual wellness authority educator Jessica Drake filled a classroom to capacity at Pasadena City College Thursday afternoon as part of Dr. Hugo Schwyzer’s “Navigating Pornography.” The class administrators blushingly refer to as Humanities. Drake’s appearance follows the recent appearance by porn star ‘James Deen’ at the same class, which attracted considerable media attention.
“I’m so excited to welcome Jessica Drake to Pasadena City College. Jessica isn’t just an industry superstar, she’s a veteran activist and an articulate and important advocate for pleasure, for common sense, and an end to sexual shame,” Dr. Schwyzer said. “On screen and off, she’s an incandescent personality and, I have to believe, a tremendous role model for my students. I’m so glad that they’ll have an opportunity to hear from her.”
Recently, drake was a guest lecturer at Chapman University at the Psychology 340: Human Sexuality class taught by Assistant Professor David Frederick for the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences. Drake addressed the class’ 36 undergraduate students.
“Jessica was a true pleasure to have in class, and the students learned a great deal from her presentation. I would highly recommend her as a speaker for any class related to media issues, gender, or sexuality.”
Dr. Hugo Schwyzer’s “Navigating Pornography,” is all about one thing essentially – “ending shame.”
To help advance her sex education agenda, Drake writes, produces, and directs the video series “Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” which has received positive reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production “Jessica Drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal” received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year and “Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the AVN Award for Best Educational Release in 2012.
The “Navigating Pornography” course is part of Dr. Schwyzer’s academic interest in history and gender studies. He has taught at Pasadena City College since 1993, in courses that have dealt with women’s history, men and masculinity, and gay and lesbian history. In the late 1990s, he developed the college’s first interdisciplinary course focusing on “Beauty and the Body,” which is still offered at the college and focuses on the historical roots of contemporary eating disorders and distorted body image.
For more information about Jessica Drake’s appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com/seminars/.
‘Jessica Drake’ holds the attention of students at PCC Thursday. –Photo by Terry Miller