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Safe sex video found unnecessarily graphic

Deborah A. Levinson '91 accurately notes my personal opinion that the explicit nature of the safe sex video, Truth or Consequence: Safer Sex at MIT was on occasion excessive ["Explicit safe sex video will be shown at Bexley," Sept. 6]. Unfortunately, Levinson did not mention that I have not seen a final cut of the video and that most of my reservations were about the film editing, not about the producer's use of nudity or live models, per se. In general, I felt that many of the graphic scenes on Truth or Consequence were unnecessarily and unjustifiably long and could have been edited down.

Besides offering critical information in a graphic format, Truth or Consequence emphasizes responsibility, consent and respect for others in sexual relationships. As a health educator, I feel more students would integrate both the information and the message if the explicit demonstrations of safer sex were shortened.

Janet Van Ness->

Director of Health Services->