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Professor apologizes for sex-toy session

EVANSTON, Ill., March 5 (UPI) -- An Illinois college professor who apologized for allowing students to see a live sex demonstration said Saturday he is surprised by the outcry.

J. Michael Bailey, who teaches the popular "Human Sexuality" course at Northwestern University in Evanston, said he made a spur-of-the-moment decision to allow a couple brought in to talk about sexual fetishes to perform one, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He said his choice Feb. 21 was the wrong one.

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But he also said the news coverage is over the top.

"During a time of financial crisis, war, and global warming, this story has been a top news story for more than two days," Bailey said in a statement. "That this is so reveals a stark difference of opinion between people like me, who see absolutely no harm in what happened, and those who believe that it was profoundly wrong."

About 100 students were in the audience for the optional ungraded class.

A couple gave a live demonstration involving a power saw modified so that the blade was replaced with a reproduction of the male sex organ. Bailey had invited them to discuss sexual fetishes and toys.

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