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Teaser portrays sexuality with class

If the rumors are true, coming to Carnegie Mellon is the equivalent of throwing away the key to your chastity belt. But hey, at Carnegie Mellon we sure can program electronics. You could just get a new keycard for that chastity belt, and so long as you don’t forget the last four digits of your Social Security number, your V-card’s good to go.

Making fun of Carnegie Mellon’s sex culture — shocker. Playboy ranked us among the ugliest student bodies, and there’s the ubiquitous T-shirt quip, “Sex kills. Come to CMU and live forever.” But here is something that might surprise you: Those rumors are worn out and not entirely true. As a society, we have separated sex appeal and intelligence, and we’re worse off. As a whole, we seem to believe that we are either smart or beautiful, but not both. As a campus, we definitely have a hard time letting the two co-exist.

Students here do have sex, but there is little public outlet for any sexuality or eroticism otherwise. (The eroticism ended with the Condom Man presentation at Orientation.) Other comparable schools calm the potential sexiness shortage with tasteful art and literature magazines where sex is art — titillating and sensual, but not pornographic. Harvard publishes H BOMB, Vassar publishes Squirm, Yale Rumpus, and Swarthmore ! mag (pronounced “bang mag”).

H BOMB specifically recognizes that Harvard students are busy and also have a reputation for, well, never having sex, so it appears that Carnegie Mellon is not alone in that assumption. Carnegie Mellon is more alone, however, in not addressing the stereotype publicly, seriously, and tastefully.

Last year WRCT hosted the show Is It In Yet? about sex on campus. We wish this type of forum for sexual dialogue had been able to last more than the year it did, as it was an entertaining and mature look at a multitude of sex sub-topics.

Among the latest attempts to dispel the hit-with-an-ugly-stick myth is the Teaser Calendar, an entreprenuerial project started by three sophomores that features one beautiful Carnegie Mellon woman per month. But a pin-up it is not. It is simply a tasteful attempt to dispel the rumors that Carnegie Mellon girls are less than attractive and show that smart and sexy are not mutually exclusive. The calendar, professionally produced, is meant to be something that could be shown to anyone. It is incomparable to the low-brow womanizing some other campuses go for. (Take, for instance, Sacremento State’s “Hornet Hotties” calendar, where the cleavage is abundant and clothing is minimal.)

The Teaser Calendar was never meant to be a pornographic or sexually stimulating product, and it isn’t. We see it as a step in the right (read: tasteful) direction not only to acknowledging the number of beautiful women on this campus, but also raising public awareness that it’s okay for sexiness to co-exist with intelligence. After all, sexiness and intelligence go better together than, say, French fries on a salad, and we don’t seem to have any problem with that.