Saturday 7 December 2019

Student's sex 'powerpoint presentation' goes viral

Andrew Hough

A Duke University student, Karen Owen, has become an internet hit after a graphic "PowerPoint presentation" was leaked detailing her sex conquests with more than a dozen men.

The 22 year-old graduate produced the unofficial “senior honours thesis” on her alcohol-fuelled sexual flings, mostly with male athletes from the Duke Lacrosse team.

The 42 page PowerPoint Presentation, titled “An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics”, describes her “subjects” in almost scientific detail.

In the extraordinary sexual dossier, Miss Owen, from Connecticut, graphically describes her lovers, how they met in bars and what they did after their binge drinking sessions.

Each of her 13 lovers are named and pictured – sometimes partially naked – while intimate details are also revealed. She details their “pros” and “cons” and ranks their sexual prowess out of 10 in coloured charts and an “official f---” list.

The brutally frank “kiss and tell” – submitted to the “Department of Late-Night Entertainment in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Degree in Tempestuous Frolicking” – was originally meant as a joke when emailed to three friends after she graduated in May.

But it was subsequently leaked to the university’s 14,000 student population before becoming a global viral hit.

It was the hot topic at Duke, one of the most prestigious American colleges, which is an expensive private academy with a predominantly white student population located in the North Carolina town of Durham.

The electronic “thesis”, compiled from her three years at Duke, was then published by several websites before going viral and becoming one of the most searched terms on the internet.

It has made national news in the United State and reopened the debate about privacy on the internet. One publishing company is reported to be considering offering a book deal.

Miss Owen is said to have been left devastated by the sex scandal and expressed her “regret with all my heart”. She went to ground on Friday after deleting all of her profiles on social networking sites.

“Senior year and college in general often bring about certain situations that result in the seeking of so-called ‘sex’,” she writes in the introduction.

“Until now, no studies have succeeded in developing a methodology for quantifying and ranking these so-called horizontal academics.

“'In this study, we used data from four years at Duke University to create evaluation criteria for such encounters and applied these criteria to evaluated subjects.”

She added: "The people that are named in it are the kinds of people that everyone wants to be or be with. The top dogs, or whatever."

She tells how she watched pornography with her lovers, exchanged explicit text messages and had sex in dorms, SUV and BMW cars and even in the university library during her final weeks of examination.

Miss Owen ranks her lovers’ “raw score” by their “physical attractiveness, (anatomy) size, talent, creativity, aggressiveness, entertainment, athletic ability” while “bonus” points are given for other factors such as accents.

“Points were deducted for rudeness or being Canadian”, she adds.

While she is full of praise for some she is vicious in her criticism of others, including one unfortunate student of whom their encounter “was over too quickly”.

She added: “(I have) got some fantastic stories for the grandkids.”

But on Thursday, after the presentation made international headlines, she expressed her sorrow for the incident.

"I regret it with all my heart," she told The News of Today website.

"I would never intentionally hurt the people that are mentioned on that." Her family later declined to comment.

A University spokesman said officials were “reaching out to those who’ve been affected by this incident” and said the wellbeing of their students was their primary concern.

He said students were being educated about the dangers of the internet.

The incident comes after the Duke lacrosse team was embroiled in a sex scandal in 2006.

Members were accused by a young black woman who falsely claimed she was beaten, raped and subjected to racial abuse by three white men from Duke's highly rated Blue Devils lacrosse team after being hired as a stripper for a sports club party.

The athletes denied the allegations and a year later the charges were dropped and the prosecutor disbarred.

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