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Public Threesome Sex Draws Support, Condemnation

| by Michael Allen

A video of three Canadian adults having public sex in Calgary, Alberta, has drawn support and outrage on the web.

The 7-second video of two men and one woman engaging in three-way sex was originally posted on the social media site Reddit earlier this week, and has since gone viral.

While there is no nudity in the video, the sex act is a bit much for this family news site, however, the wild thing can be viewed at Deadspin.com.

There has been speculation that the sex act happened at or near the Calgary Stampede rodeo event, but the Calgary Stampede's PR manager Jennifer Booth told Deadspin.com that the intercourse did not occur on their grounds, but somewhere else in Calgary.

The Calgary Herald notes that the sex video has spurred some mean comments about the woman on the Internet.

Rebecca Sullivan, head of women’s studies at the University of Calgary, said of the reactions:

We need to move away from questions about collective conduct and ask what is it about our society that shaming, hating and turning on people online is a form of public entertainment.

We shouldn’t be discussing whether people should be doing this or not, we should be discussing why it’s OK for everyone to be so abusive. To the abusers: "What are you getting out of it, what are you achieving, and what is it about yourself that you like yourself as an abuser?"

Even though three people were having sex in public, Sullivan seemed to believe that the woman deserved privacy:

Why is a woman’s sexuality public property, and why do we deny a woman’s right to have pleasure and her right to privacy?

The very simple answer is that we still live in a misogynistic, sexist society and until we admit it, we’re not dealing with it.

It’s a culture that defines women based on their sexual value to men, and then abuses them for having it.

However, having sex in public and publicly posting the video are both violations of Canadian law.

“There’s also the potential in some of these cases where people are posting images, and it can spin off in the direction of criminal harassment too,” Calgary police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said.

Sources: Deadspin.com, Calgary Herald
Image Credit: Barry Langdon-Lassagne