A saucy joke ended up becoming the latest Internet sensation when Duke University alumna Karen Owen published a PowerPoint document outlining three year's worth of sexual activity on campus. Owen, who graduated from the university this year, pulled together photos of 13 sexual partners, along with detailed information about each intimate tryst -- including bits of dirty dialogue, and physical descriptions and brutally candid evaluations of each man's performance in bed -- and created a mock senior honors thesis, "An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics. The page PowerPoint document, according to Time. But those few friends forwarded the inside joke to other friends, and it eventually landed on Deadspin. From there, a viral Internet sensation was born.
Karen Owen PowerPoint: Duke University Student's Sex Thesis Poses Question Of Double Standard
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CBS What do young women today really think about sex? It's a question guys might not want to hear answered, if a "senior thesis" by recent college grad Karen Owen is any indication. The mock thesis, subtitled "Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics," features lots of stuffy academic language - but it's actually a brutally frank kiss-and-tell about the physical attributes and sexual prowess of 13 male students Owen claims to have hooked up with. The PowerPoint presentation includes a bar chart showing the overall rankings of her sexual conquests and photos of the men in question - many from the Duke lacrosse team. Points were awarded on the basis of physical attractiveness, sexual skills and creativity, aggressiveness, humor, and athletic ability. Ian Kerner , the author of "She Comes First.
Duke University Graduate Karen Owen Pens Sex Life Thesis
That program is intended for creating a visual accompaniment to a lecture, keeping audience and speaker on track by reducing the essential ideas of a complex presentation to a series of bullet-pointed phrases and concepts, the irreducible takeaway. Clearly the very last thing Karen Owen would want is for a reader of her thesis to perceive her as a vulnerable creature whose desire for sex with campus big shots was at least partly motivated by a powerful and unmet desire for affection. But in the sheer amount of anecdotal detail, and in particular in her relentless descriptions of the anatomical shortcomings of various partners, she reveals that the thesis is motivated by the same force that has prompted women through the ages to describe with savage precision their liaisons with men who discarded them: revenge.
Owen has become a much-discussed topic on blogs, Web sites and even morning shows after her so-called thesis, chronicling her sexual escapades during her undergraduate years at Duke, went public. The page PowerPoint presentation titled, "An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics," ranked 13 men Owen was sexually involved with during college, according to their physical attractiveness, athletic ability and talent -- in the bedroom. The thesis was reportedly e-mailed by Owen to only a few of her close friends. But after one of those friends forwarded the document, and then that recipient did the same, the document soon went viral, first appearing on the blog Deadspin.