On of my favorite local religious jokes goes like this:
Q: Why don’t Southern Baptists believe in premarital sex?
A: Because it might lead to dancing.
Apparently this mindset has taken hold at Baylor University.:
Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which bills itself as the world’s largest Baptist college, has threatened to discipline female students if they pose for Playboy magazine, which is trying to recruit models from the college.
Playboy photographers came to Baylor’s hometown seeking models for a photo spread on women of the Big 12 college athletic conference, of which the college is a member.
Baylor Vice President for Student Life Samuel W. Oliver sent an e-mail to women students this week warning that any who “associate” with Playboy would be subject to the university’s disciplinary processes.
“Playboy is clearly antithetical to Baylor’s mission and associating with the magazine would be a violation of the code of conduct,” Oliver wrote in the e-mail. University officials said punishment could include suspension.
I’ll be the first to suggest that Baylor has the right to set whatever policies they want, even if they are stupid. This said, Baylor’s actions are incredibly stupid. What their students do off-campus should be of no concern to the faculty.
Restrictive sexual policies frequently lead to promiscuous behavior. Prohibition – whether of alcohol, marijuana or sex – simply doesn’t work and generally increases the amount of crime and riskier behaviors associated with the prohibitied activity.
When I was younger, “everyone” knew that if a guy wished to get laid he should date a preacher’s daughter. I’ve always theorized that preachers’ daughters were more likely to put out because they were rebelling against their restrictive parents. It seems to me that Baylor’s actions are more likely to produce off-campus sex parties than the results they actually desire.