What’s a course on American consumption without a class trip to a brothel?
A dozen students in Randolph College’s American Culture Program traveled this week from Lynchburg, Va., also home to the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, to the Chicken Ranch, a desert bordello outside Las Vegas, the Associated Press reported.
Nothing like a field trip from God’s country to Sin City. “It’s fascinating,” Nicki Amouri, a Randolph junior, told the AP. “Not many people get to do this.”
To prepare for their voyage of discovery, the students read The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson. They watched a 20/20 episode on prostitution, which is legal in several counties in Nevada. Then they strode into the “best little whorehouse in the West,” as the business bills itself.
There the students sat to chat with the ladies of the Chicken Ranch. Among the questions: “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” and “Do you still give a military discount?” Yes and yes.
The trip to Nevada originated, the AP reported, in a professor’s interest in water conservation. —Sara Lipka