Consensual Sex Answer Not What the Prof Had in Mind

–From Paul Aaron Edwards, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Date of event: Spring 2005

The case under discussion in Constitutional Law was Bowers v. Hardwick. The professor called on me asking me such special questions as “What is your definition of unnatural sex?” As I dodged attempt after attempt by the professor to draw me into a farcical statement which would grant him hundreds of laughs at my expense, he finally slipped up with the following: “So, Mr. Edwards, when is consensual sex particularly harmful?”

To which I replied:

“It depends.”

“On what?”

“Whether you’re the one she likes, or the one she’s cheating on!”

The class erupted in laughter, at the professor’s expense, and I received the greatest reward of all: he called on a different student to recite the rest of the day’s questions.


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