Volume 94, Issue 49

Friday, November 24, 2000


Editorial Board 2000-2001

Sex on the Concrete Beach

Editorial Cartoon

Sex on the Concrete Beach

Naked bodies.

The mere mention of nudity, even merely in print, is enough to break the concentration of even the most studious scholars on campus. The breakdown of why nudity sells has essentially always remained the same.

For anyone in attendance at The Wave on Wednesday night, the bare essentials were well received, via the appearance of nude male dancers whose performance was well received by the throngs of females present.

The Wave, normally closed on Wednesday nights, which would therefore render their profits nil, instead, packed the house and in all likelihood made a killing at the cash registers.

The University Students' Council manager of entertainment programming, Mark MacLellan, has touted the success seen on Ladies' Night as something The Wave has achieved very rarely, even beating out supposed big name acts that promised huge turnouts.

While part of the success of Ladies' Night can be attributed to its novelty on campus, it seems the answer to the Wave's economic woes is to simply deprive well-built men of their clothing, throw them on a stage with some music and invite a bunch of cantankerous women along for the ride.

But for a school that's trying to improve its party image, the move to bring nude or partially nude dancers on campus can certainly be viewed as being counterproductive. Students can make a good argument that at some point, morality must overrule profits and with the re-appearance of strippers on campus, we've passed this point like a fat guy at a buffet, moving past the salad bar and going straight for the grade "A" beef.

Moreover, is a university campus an appropriate venue for an event such like this? It is the case that students in general are certainly not sexually inactive, but is university not supposed to be a place where raw impulse and entertainment that caters to more base appeals, gives way to sophisticated diversions?

Don't call us prudes, but it seems ironic that in a place of higher learning, arguably low-brow diversions are one of the biggest attractions of the year on campus.

The easy explanation for the phenomenon is that sex sells – plain and simple. The idea of marketing sex is so pervasive in society that even the invisible walls that should be rendering campuses autonomous from the outside world are easily penetrated.

There are a vast number of students at Western who are liberal-minded enough not to give the situation a second thought. There are also many who subscribe to a belief that the marketing of sex on campus could lead to its long-term degradation as a bastion of critical thought.

It seems that no matter how hard and long human beings try to elevate their level of thinking, we will always be susceptible to our primal urges.

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