Student Speaks Out Against Harvard’s ‘Incest-Fest’ Party

It has been said that the students and faculty of Harvard University are America’s “best and brightest.” This month they prove this axiom to be mythological as they once again launch their annual “incest-fest” party where residents of the famed Kirkland House spend the day trying to have sex with as many house members as they can. Winners get a hearty handshake of acknowledgement and perhaps some STDS for their “success.”

Harvard’s denizens inventively call this debauched exercise the “incest-fest” because it is held in the Kirkland House among its residents. You see, the residents are living in the same house, so they are like a family. So, if they start having sex with each other it’s like “incest.” Hilarious, no?

This “event” has been going on for some time, of course, and Harvard authorities never say word one about it. Like most university faculties, Harvard long ago decided to let the inmates run the asylum (literally in this case) and have given up even a pretext of attempting to impose order and standards on their campuses.

But one student isn’t so taken by all that wonderful “self expression” going on at Kirkland House.

Samantha Berstler published a letter to Harvard in the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, saying that incest isn’t “funny,” it is a crime of sexual abuse, usually of children.

Berstler reminds Harvard’s student body that incest is not often “between two consensual adults” but usually the result of exploitation and rape. “Generally a father is exploiting a daughter or an older sibling is exploiting a younger sibling,” she wrote.

Even if we bracket issues of age, supposedly “egalitarian” or “happy incest families” cannot exist: the power differential between father and daughter or older sibling and younger sibling is so huge that it necessarily precludes the possibility of consent. The sexy siblings on TV and the image of the oppressed pedophile are lies that distract from a silent epidemic raging throughout the world.

“I am writing this because incest is notoriously invisible and leaves its victims burdened with shame and humiliation for the rest of their lives,” Berstler reminds her fellows.

“The name ‘IncestFest’ is not sexy or cute or clever. It’s dangerous,” she scolds.

Berstler wraps up her sensible letter saying, “The denizens of Kirkland House are quirky, intelligent, and sensitive. We can do better than this.”

But can they? It seems like “doing better” is not something anyone pays much mind to in our fetid system of “higher education” these days. As right as she is, I fear Berstler is indulging a forlorn hope here.

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  • cabensg

    Since the organization is already involved in degraded sexual activity will changing the name mean anything. Maybe they could call it “Humping Friends”.

  • jim_m

    Having lived in Boston I can verify that the Harvard student body is not nearly the “best and brightest” the US has to offer. A more apt description would be the best connected and wealthiest. Few students get lower than an A for their efforts and almost none score lower than a B. The greatest value Harvard offers is not the education but the connections that one leaves with.

    What Harvard students do excel at is being unaware of and uninformed of the lives of real Americans. This is a good example of that. Their idea of an Occupy Harvard protest was to erect a tent on the quad and then go back to their comfy dorm rooms. The idea of discomfiting oneself for a firmly held conviction does not penetrate their superior intellect.

    • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

      They are better looking than most college students, too. At least there were a lot of hot women hanging around the Square when I’ve been there.

      • jim_m

        More expensive clothes but no better looking than anywhere else.

        • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

          I disagree – Harvard Square: many 8’s and 9’s

          Kenmore Square (BU): many fat girls.

          • jim_m

            Then you need to go down Huntington Ave. On my way to work I would pass Northeastern, Simmons, Emanuel, Wheelock, Wentworth, Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Science, Mass College of Art & Design and Harvard Med School. Apart from the nursing students (who seem to have a cultural tendency toward obesity) the women all looked very fine.

            I also dated a woman in the Kenmore Square neighborhood. It isn’t exactly the epicenter of beauty for women or men.

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            I am sure there are lot of good looking women there, but as a proportion I bet Harvard has more.

          • 914

            What have you got against + Sized Women? Some of My best most attractive intellectually and otherwise friends are this way.. Women are beautiful in all packages. Your condescension is pathetic.

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            Women are beautiful in all packages.

            No they are not. Beautiful women are beautiful. Women that can’t control their eating and exercise are slobs.

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Samantha sounds like the type of politically-correct leftist who does what she can to kill off any fun on campus.

    She’s also opposed to protests at abortion clinics:

    Warner is with her in this case because he’s all about “imposing order.” I’ve read enough of his stuff to make the judgment: he’s a fascist.

    “IncestFest” is an in-joke and it rhymes. Plus I doubt there is as much sex as all that. Lighten up.

    Anyways, these are legal adults (18+). What business is it of Warner’s, other than a fat old guy being envious?

    This is episode #370 of Warner complaining about other people’s freedom.

    • jim_m

      Shocker. The guy who promotes female teachers molesting their students is in favor of making fun of incest.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        I’m in favor of making fun of most things.

        • 914

          How about that economy?

          • jim_m

            Chico won’t make fun of obama because he is supporting Gary Johnson. Don’t ask for it to make sense.

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            Gary Johnson supports your right to IncestFest.

    • herddog505

      Commander_ChicoSamantha sounds like the type of politically-correct leftist who does what she can to kill off any fun on campus.

      I agree. While an… er… Incest-fest doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, it’s (more or less) harmless fun and no more supports actual incest than toga parties support a return to the Roman Empire.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        Yeah, I doubt it’s all that much. I suspect the main purpose of IncestFest is to scandalize the censorious and elderly. Mission accomplished!

  • As is a guy has a chance of winning. This is so sexist. 🙂

  • as if

  • Vagabond661

    Call it a “Fluke-a-Thon”.

  • Brucehenry

    Somebody needs to tell Samantha (and Warner) that the smelling salts will be on the end table next to the fainting couch. She (and he) should continue to clutch her (and his) pearls until further notice.

    • jim_m

      The bottom line is that this is insensitive to victims of incest and were this not an icon of the leftist higher ed community the lefties here would be decrying this as a crime against humanity. Per usual the left is unwilling to apply the same standard to itself that it tries to hold the rest of the world to.

      • 914

        Shorter: Liberals are hypocrites!! lol

      • herddog505

        I think that this is less “left vs right” than “stupid rich college kids vs adults”.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        Everybody’s got to be a victim or sensitive to victims. PC-speak. No jokes.

  • America become such a filthy, immoral society

    Sex,Nudity,Homosexuality,Bestiality,Incest,Child abuse and neglect ,Child Pornography,Sex offenders,Molestation,
    Rape,Prostitution,Kidnapping,Stalking,Gang crimes,Drug crimes,Theft Crimes,Homicide & Violent Crimes,
    Juvenile Offenses,Suicide,DUI & Driving Under the Influence,corruptions …….etc

    “that’s what freedom is all about.” Yay, freedom!
    Shorter: Liberals !! LOL