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Bike Porn Film Collection Shown at Warren Wilson College, But Only in the Privacy of Our Own Rooms

by Micah Wilkins, web editor

Bike Porn, a collection of short erotic films inspired by cyclists, screened in Preston House last Thursday evening, Nov. 10. The collection was to be projected and shown in the living room of Preston House, but shortly before the screening, representatives from housing came to Preston and informed the residents that pornographic material could not be shown in the living room, which is considered a “community space.”

According to Dean of Students Deb Myers, pornography can not be shown in a public space on campus, as it violates “decency standards.”

“[It] can be offensive to people who do not want or expect to see such a film,” Myers said. “Individuals can feel pressure to view pornography if it is in public even if they do not want to.”

While students may hold discussions on pornography and sexual expression in public spaces, pornographic material can not be shown. Additionally, according to Myers, the college can not sponsor, “in any way,” the presentation of pornography.

According to Preston House resident JayBear Casale, the house was informed that bike porn does not “reflect community standards, and they didn’t want it attached to Warren Wilson’s name.”

However, Casale said, Preston House was given little notice that they would not be able to show it. Only hours before Bike Porn was to be screened that evening, Director of Residence Life Paul Perrine and Assistant Director of Housing Joyce Miller came to Preston to break the news

“The performers and the film itself was already on the way to our house when we found out,” Casale said. “It was super weird and very illogical.”

Students who attended the screening, however, were eager to watch, as the Bike Porn collection can not be seen anywhere else.

“The only way to see Bike Porn is when it plays in a theater, bike shop or basement for a live audience,” the website claims.

Instead of screening the short films in the living room in Preston, the screening moved to Casale’s bedroom in Preston House, where over 20 people crammed in to watch.

Discussion

4 Responses to “Bike Porn Film Collection Shown at Warren Wilson College, But Only in the Privacy of Our Own Rooms”

  1. “[It] can be offensive to people who do not want or expect to see such a film,” Myers said…

    The event was well advertised to the point where no one was just going to show up at Preston House and be appalled that the bike porn was playing. This is interventionist and unnecessary, let college students be college students.

    Posted by Nathan | November 16, 2011, 11:18 pm
  2. So we are only allowed to participate in activities that reflect the community’s standards, and Warren Wilson doesn’t want anything extreme attached to their name. We willingly theme ourselves with protesting, yet now at the heart of Warren Wilson the protesters are being protested.

    About students watching the film: “the college cannot sponsor in any way the presentation…”
    Wilson just put themselves in the awkward position of endorsing everything else that goes uninterrupted, but they assumed that responsibility before they were even consulted.

    Posted by Squatthrust McLonely | November 17, 2011, 2:08 am
  3. How was it advertised?

    Posted by Don | November 28, 2011, 7:53 am
  4. It’s missing from November 10th on the inside page.

    Posted by Dan | November 28, 2011, 7:56 am

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