Parents at an elite Manhattan prep school are outraged after finding out that their students watched a presentation on so-called “pornography literacy” that contained highly graphic and explicit content.
The lecture was put on by the Health & Wellness director of another Manhattan prep school, Justine Ang Fonte, and was called “Pornography Literacy: An intersectional focus on mainstream porn.”
The New York Post reports that the presentation referenced various types of pornography, “creampie,” “anal,” “gangbang,” “stepmom,” “incest-themed,” “barely legal,” and “kink and BDSM.” For the latter category, “waterboard electro” torture porn was used as an example.
Fonte also had a section on “OnlyFans marketability,” in reference to an amateur pornographic website where people sell access to explicit images of themselves, as well as a discussion on the difference between porn and art, which was presented with an image of a nude woman tied up with rope.
An Instagram account started by angry Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School parents shared some of the graphic images as well as other content that they say Fonte uses for her educational lectures.
The presentation was given to several students, mostly 16 and 17-year-olds, via Zoom. Some watched from home, which is how parents were made aware of what was going on. Others watched from their laptops in the school gym, and word spread quickly of the highly graphic class.
“We were all so shocked and mortified,” one female student told the Post. “We were all like, ‘Why are they doing this? Why do they think it’s OK?’
“We were supposed to answer questions about the porn stuff in the Zoom chat but we were all side-chatting in group chats and tons of kids thought it was so dumb that they sent the link to their friends all over the city and they were all logging on with the password.”
“We were all like, ‘What?’” another female student said. “Everyone was texting each other, ‘What the hell is this? It’s so stupid.’ Everyone knows about porn. The worst part of it was that it took place not long before the AP tests and I had to miss both my AP classes for this.”
“It’s outrageous that the school is introducing pornography into a mainstream classroom and starting to indoctrinate kids. The goal of this is to disrupt families,” ranted one understandably angry parent of a Columbia middle schooler.
Students and parents alike spoke with the Post on the condition of anonymity, and one parent explained that it’s difficult to speak up.
“No one wants to be cancelled or lose their livelihood and that can be done in an instant,” she explained. “Most parents feel the same way I do about not going public but at the same time we’re incredibly frustrated by what’s going on. None of the parents knew this was planned. We were completely left in the dark. It makes us wonder what else the school is up to.”
Following the Post’s story over the weekend, the head of Columbia, Dr. William M. Donohue, appeared to apologize in an email to parents.
He wrote that the “content and tone of the presentation did not represent our philosophy, which is to educate our students in ways that promote their personal development and overall health, as well as to express respect for them as individuals.”
“It was unfortunate that we did not better inform ourselves of the speaker’s specific content in advance,” he added. “In this case, the speaker did not align with our unique CGPS mission and for this, I apologize… Going forward we will certainly learn from this experience.”
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