Duke University’s Karen Owen, the Duke student whose Powerpoint “thesis” went viral, is sparking a gender debate, as people nationwide are discussing whether it’s acceptable for women to conduct themselves in this way, though men have been bragging about their intimate encounters for years.
In this Today show video segment, they further examine the roles of men and women and how, while most perceive Karen Owen’s Powerpoint presentation to be wrong, some actually find it empowering and praise her for ranking the men she’s been with.
The Duke student’s mock thesis, titled “Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics,” was meant for the eyes of just a few of Karen Owen’s friends, but quickly found its way online for all to see.
Owen rates 13 Duke athletes in her thesis, describing all of the details, naming names and including pictures.
Sex therapist Dr. Ian Kerner notes that “Men have engaged in this sort of behavior for time immemorial. Now here is a woman who feels empowered to rate and rank men in much the same way. It’s giving men a dose of their own medicine.”
Kerner also notes that the list is “a wake-up call for men and women to treat each other respectfully.”
This is an excellent point – and one that we should share with our sons and daughters, teaching respect and the value of privacy in this internet age where intimate information can so easily go viral.