Sex-Toy Study At Duke Raises Some Eyebrows

A sex-toy study at Duke University has raised some eyebrows in the campus religious community.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the director of the Duke Catholic Center has lodged a complaint with researchers. The Rev. Joe Vetter says the study doesn't promote relationships.

The study asks female students over age 18 to attend the events that are similar to Tupperware parties but only with erotic toys, lingerie and games. The women complete surveys about their sexual attitudes before and after the parties and get product discounts.

A spokesman for Duke said the sex-toy party project went through the peer review process. Vetter says he plans to discuss the topic at Sunday mass.


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  • by gforce Location: local on Nov 13, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    I know folks who were fired for trying to get folks to go to a sex toy party at Beaufort county comm. college. Hey this is N.C., lets make another law so the state can get revinue, I can hear the trooper now, "she looked like she was under the influence of a vibrator so I did a spot check." hahaha. Daddyrabbit, I'm with you, if mama ain't happy, no one is.
  • by Lem P. Willie Location: Cary on Nov 8, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    I can't erect any stiff argument against Sex Toy Studies at Duke. These objections are flaccid and soft; they make no case against the practice. I say if anyone has can raise a good reason that Sex Toy Studies should not go on at Duke, let him rise to the occasion and say so!
  • by funny on Nov 8, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    woo hoo,. I think I'll sign up for the Sex Toy 101 class now. I hear all the schools are offering it AND it transfers to any school. hahah
  • by richard on Nov 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM
    nice..................................
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    Anonymous at 2:36am, Shirley, and Daddy Rabbit, ya'lls comments are hilarious! I, myself see no problem with the sex toy study/parties. I'm female and they sound quite interesting and "stimulating!"
  • by Fed up Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    What do you expect this country is more concerned with a hard on rather than making hard choices!
  • by Shirley C. Littorus Location: Raleigh on Nov 7, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    I too am shocked that this matter should even be a matter of contention in our area. There is nothing wrong with a stimulating discussion about an issue, but these comments arouse my ire. You won't find me hiding under a hood of "decency" while I try to muzzle others and keep them from erecting a defense.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    The school doing the study is a private university, so unlike ecu,unc...they are an example of (goverment) schools under the states regulation. The point of the opposition is not whether we/they(Christians)believe we are better than anyone or anything!!! All are of God,anyone who thinks they are better than the rest of society may God have mercy on you. The issue is DUKE is a PRIVATE UNIVERSITY. They can do things state funded schools cannot. But the idea of a study of "sex toy parties" is SIMPLE STUPID.You don't have to have a party or study of the party to know if you enjoy sex, and/or the toys. But the moral issue is "sex toys" do nothing for the betterment of society only SELF PLEASURE. That is fine in private (whatever it takes to float your boat). But to study the effects of "sex-toys"is absolutely a waste of time and money. Do it after hours (no pun intended) Thank God we have individuals who will speak up for what is RIGHT.
  • by Hard Times Location: The Barn on Nov 7, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    Thank you so much WITN for taking us away from the politics and crimes in the news. I will really be watching these posters.Anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 at 08:13 PM WHY MY DEAR ARE YOU SO UPSET? I think they should go on Oprah and let you demo some of the ones that are most popular.Honestly,you sound like everyone should try it.I can tell you this,,they will not save a marriage.If your lady is through with you,she is going to take the toys and leave;the car also and another man will be doing the driving.My last post and you all have a great weekend.Run down your local Adult Toys-R-for-us and do your own study,and when you husbands go to singing "Who's Ur Daddy?!" the night stand goes to buzzing!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 7, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Professor bigfruitbasket, so nice of you to join us and provide spelling 101. Thanks a lot. By the way bigfruitbasket these comments are not about spelling. How is my spelling???? You need a sex toy...............
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