Normally, college courses require a final exam to pass the class. Not the University of California, San Diego art class of Ricardo Dominguez, however. According to a news video by KGTV, Dominguez requires his college-age students to get naked for their final exams in a candlelit room.
Either strip naked or fail the visual art class. The last gesture the college kids are asked to perform is called “Erotic Self,” one described in the college syllabus as the eighth gesture that students must create to speak about the erotic sides of themselves.
“(EIGHTH GESTURE) Erotic Self(s): Create a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your erotic self(s).”
One mother featured in the KGTV video, who wanted to remain anonymous along with her “humiliated” daughter, was outraged at the thought of a college requiring her daughter to get naked to pass a class.
“It bothers me. I’m not sending her to school for this. How terrible. This is just wrong. This sucks. And to blanketly say you must be naked in order to pass my class, it makes me sick to my stomach.”
Lest parents think it’s bad enough that their college progenies are getting naked, Dominguez is naked, too. Listed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts on the UCSD website, Ricardo has been teaching there for 11 years. With nearly 20 students and everyone naked, including Ricardo, this is one college class causing an uproar.
When 10 News spoke to the teacher at the center of the controversy, Dominguez tried to downplay the mother’s backlash against having her daughter naked in class along with the 55-year-old teacher.
“It is all uh, very controlled. If they are uncomfortable with this gesture they should not take the class. It’s a standard canvas for performance art and body art.”
The anonymous mother of the UCSD student begs to differ, saying the naked requirement wasn’t known.
“Nothing was every stipulated prior to Thursday. There’s a perversion going on here. Shame on him and shame on the university.”
It isn’t the first time Ricardo has been embroiled in controversy. As reported by 10 News, Dominguez was previously investigated for staging a virtual sit-in by hacking the university president’s website by launching a DDoS attack via a system he created. Ricardo was also in trouble for creating a GPS tool to help illegal immigrants cross the border from Mexico into the United States.
As reported by the Inquisitr, a UCSD student once drank urine while in a DEA holding cell.
[Image via Dominquez website]