Karen Owen never meant to get all this attention or embarrass anyone. But its hard to imagine one avoiding the spotlight after creating a power point graphically detailing her sexual exploits and then sending it around to her friends.
“I regret it with all my heart. I would never intentionally hurt the people that are mentioned on that,” Karen Owen admitted to the website Jezebel.
“That” is a graphic power point detailing sexual encounters with 13 male athletes at Duke University. The 42-page presentation, portrayed as a mock college thesis and titled “An Education Beyond The Classroom: Excelling In The Realm Of Horizontal Academics,” was created in May by the 2010 Duke University graduate. She originally only sent the presentation to a few friends, but they didn’t keep it to themselves, forwarding it to others and creating an internet sensation.
Owen gave her partners a “raw score” based on “an admittedly subjective range of criteria”: physical attractiveness, size, talent, creativity, aggressiveness, entertainment, athletic ability, and bonus. Included in her presentation are pictures of her “subjects,” a designation she uses to describe her partners while also including their names.
One of the slides from the presentation explains the project:
While Owen is remorseful, some in the Duke community are not happy, especially considering the Duke Lacrosse sex scandal that rocked the campus in 2006. Writing in the Duke Chronicle one student, Alyssa Granacki, wasn’t impressed — especially with those who use “sexual liberation” as a defense for Owen’s actions:
[T]he overall glorification of Karen Owen’s PowerPoint and the implied sentiment that it was an act of sexual liberation equates “shattering the glass ceiling” with humiliating members of the opposite sex. Why should we congratulate Karen Owen for subjecting men to the objectification, embarrassment and harassment that women have fought against for years? Sexual liberation, in the most perfect sense, requires respect for all individuals involved.
It remains to be seen if Owen will face any legal repercussions for circulating, albeit unintentionally, the names and pictures of her “subjects.” HuffPo points out that Owen’s situation mirrors “that of blogger Jessica Culter, who detailed her exploits on the blog Washingtonienne — and was sued by one of her paramours.”
The presentation, with blurred faces and blacked out names, can be viewed on the Jezebel website — but the language is graphic.