A Duke Grad’s Little Black Book Goes Public

Image courtesy of Jezebel.com

In what probably started off as a well-planned inside joke, a recent graduate of Duke University emailed a Powerpoint (NSFW) entitled “An Education Beyond The Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics”. As these things go, her virtual “sex-list” went from being a joke between friends to a viral, public, internet phenomenon.

The writers over at Jezebel interviewed the author, Karen Owen, who apparently seriously regrets her decision.

“I regret it with all my heart. I would never intentionally hurt the people that are mentioned on that,” said Owen.

Honestly, the thing is worth a read. The Jezebel article includes a censored version of the document, for those of you want something a bit more easy on the eyes. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if something like this happened on my campus.

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Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.

  • http://twitter.com/WolfandRhys Wolf Rhys

    Well planned?

  • http://twitter.com/WolfandRhys Wolf Rhys

    Well planned?

  • Michaela

    What I meant by well planned was that as far as spoofs go, this was extremely detailed and thought out. Obviously she didn’t expect for it to go public, so it that sense, you’re right, it wasn’t well planned.

  • http://twitter.com/WolfandRhys Wolf Rhys

    Ok. I get it. Putting aside the invasion of privacy angle, it’s unusual in our country to ever see the female as a predator. And it’s almost more shocking to see the female come across as “sex positive”. She gave a high-five during oral sex! American scandals are supposed to have a male predator, a frigid jilted wife and a gold-digging floozy. It’s kind of heartening on that level. Too bad the “subjects” didn’t remain anonymous.