Archive for February, 2009

The Diamondback‘s Luridness Continues

12 February 2009

Yesterday, gay sex columnist Dan Savage presented a lecture in the Grand Ballroom at the Stamp Student Union here on campus. This is part of the Sex Education Week, or whatever we’re calling it here at UMD, leading up to Saint Valentine’s Day; stop by the food court and grab yourself a gift pack, complete with tuxedo condom to share with your special someone. (Your tax dollars at work, Marylanders!) We had intended to cover the event for the Times, but, forgivably, the staffers who had planned to attend, on account of time commitments and a sense of decency, could not make it.

Fortunately, our friends at the Diamondback made sure to highlight Mr. Savage’s tal on the front page. Doubtless, this event does deserve front-page coverage, and we likely should have done the same — though in a critical tone. No stranger to lasciviousness (Hell, I think this word is synonymous with “journalistic integrity” at that paper.), the Diamondback felt it appropriate to start the front-page article as follows. (Warning, mildly offensive language.)

Ever wondered what a cock ring does, how common armpit fetishes are or what to do if you are “afraid of dick?”

Really? These words are appropriate for the front page — or any page — of a daily newspaper, whether national broadsheet or campus publication? I respectfully dissent. Perhaps I’m just a prude.

This is not, of course, the Diamondback‘s first flirtation with puerile, ribald “provocativeness”.