University of Colorado Professor Stops Controversial Prostitution Skit

BOULDER, Colo. ― A University of Colorado professor says she will no longer include a controversial role-playing skit on prostitution in her “Deviance in U.S. Society” course.

The Daily Camera reports Patti Adler pulled the plug on the skit because of difficulty with consent forms and worries among participants after the demonstration received national attention in December. University officials ordered her to stop teaching the class, saying a role-playing skit on prostitution might have created a hostile environment for students and undergraduate teaching assistants who didn’t want to participate.

The university relented after the school’s sociology department reviewed and cleared the class.

Adler says that, during the skit, many of her teaching assistants dressed up as prostitutes and described their lifestyles as part of a lesson in social stratification and hierarchy.