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Calif. 'porn professor' drops 'Navigating Pornography' course

July 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM   |   Comments

PASADENA, Calif., July 31 (UPI) -- A California college professor said he will no longer teach his "Navigating Pornography" course after ending up in rehab because of the backlash it engendered.

Pasadena City College Professor Hugo Schwyzer -- often referred to as the "Porn Professor" -- announced this week he is dropping the course because the pressure from the college and members of the public drove him to psychological rehab, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported Wednesday.

Schwyzer's course made headlines in February when the PCC officials refused to allow the public to attend a lecture by porn star James Deen, who once attended classes at the school.

"We support the instructor's academic freedom within the classroom," Robert Bell, assistant superintendent of Academic and Student Affairs, said at the time. "The college's concern is to schedule all public events according to procedures so we can insure public safety and security."

Schwyzer said at the time he had received a handful of angry phone calls and emails after announcing the lecture.

He told the Daily Bulletin in an email Wednesday pressure from the school and the pounding he is taking online have been insufferable.

"I'm exhausted by threats and controversy," Schwyzer said. "I need a break."

PCC representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment, the newspaper said.

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