[FoRK] Harvard approves student sex magazine...

jbone at place.org jbone at place.org
Wed Feb 11 21:28:07 PST 2004

...and CNN readers approve, ready-for-anything 58% to crusty, repressed  



Harvard approves student sex magazine

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) --Harvard University has approved a student  
magazine about sex that will feature art, sex advice and fiction -- as  
well as photographs of undressed Harvard undergraduates.

"We are aware of the fact that some segments of the population would  
find the contents distasteful," said Associate Dean Judith H. Kidd, a  
member of the 14-person board that approves all student organizations.  
"However, the committee considered this to be an issue of freedom of  

The committee, made up of faculty, staff and students, approved "H  
Bomb" magazine Tuesday with a 12-0 vote, with two abstentions. The vote  
lets the magazine's publishers apply for funding but does not guarantee  
money; when it would be published is uncertain.

The magazine cannot take its photos on university property, a policy  
that applies for all of the school's undergraduate publications.

Vassar and Swarthmore colleges also have sex-themed magazines, though H  
Bomb is the first such publication for Harvard.

The students proposing the magazine, Katharina C. Baldegg and Camilla  
H. Hrdy, have unlisted phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and could  
not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

A Harvard Crimson newspaper story described H Bomb as a "porn  
magazine," but Baldegg and Hrdy dispute that description in a statement  
released by a Harvard spokesman.

"What we are proposing is an outlet for literary and artistic  
expression that is both desired and needed, not a pornographic  
magazine," it read.

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