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Reg Day Porn Makes a Comeback

By Susan Buchman

Considering that pornography was recently used as a teaching tool in 6.001, it should come as no surprise that the tradition of registration day porn has returned to the MITcampus. A porn marathon held in Wong Auditorium on Monday gave students the opportunity to indulge in one more evening of pleasure before the start of the semester.

"Reg day porn seems like a nice, debaucherous idea," said Peter R. Gamache '01, who single-handedly organized the event.

When I arrived at the 8 p.m. start, "On Her Back: The True Story of Michaelangelo" was playing. It was not a stereotypical porn flick: it featured classical music instead of the traditional bow-chika-bow-wow, and there was a surprising amount of gender equity of sexual pleasure. There was even a line or two of clever dialogue.

But, of course, no one had come for the dialogue, and "On Her Back" provided exactly what we had all come to see: sex. The actors were attractive and well-built, and the sex was frequent and varied (fellatio, cunnilingus, hetero sex, a lesbian three-way and a bi-sexual three-way all took place in the thirty minutes I was there).

Reg day porn was once a well-attended event coordinated by the Lecture Series Committee, drawing crowds of several hundred. However, controversy lead to its death in the mid-eighties.

Some people will never know of its return, some will greet it but prefer the vast resources of the internet and the privacy of a dorm room, and some will kick themselves for missing it. And, of course, some will be offended.

I fully acknowledge the existence of violent, demeaning, and misogynistic pornography. But all erotic film does not fit into this category, and I encourage all MIT students to enjoy porn which celebrates the pleasure of all its actors. However, I further encourage them to forsake the porn and go out and enjoy the real thing.