Owen has become a much-discussed topic on blogs, Web sites and even morning shows after her so-called thesis, chronicling her sexual escapades during her undergraduate years at Duke, went public. The page PowerPoint presentation titled, "An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics," ranked 13 men Owen was sexually involved with during college, according to their physical attractiveness, athletic ability and talent -- in the bedroom. The thesis was reportedly e-mailed by Owen to only a few of her close friends. But after one of those friends forwarded the document, and then that recipient did the same, the document soon went viral, first appearing on the blog Deadspin. Now, Owen is an Internet legacy for her description of picking up student athletes at Durham, N. Other hookups were harder for Owen to remember -- she actually includes alcohol, which she sometimes refers to as "oh blessed alcohol" -- for many of her between-the-sheet adventures.
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Karen Owen's now infamous PowerPoint "thesis" detailing the thirteen men she had relations with while an undergraduate student at Duke University has quickly become a social media cautionary tale. Though Owen wrote her page dossier, titled "An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics" reportedly for a few select friends, nothing juicy stays a secret for long in today's Web world -- especially when said item is easily forward-able. After circulating amongst the Duke student body, the mock thesis went viral after it was published by several websites , including the Gawker-owned Jezebel and Deadspin. A crudely nicknamed takeoff list has even hit the mainstream, with established newspapers writing up reports and the Today show sending out a correspondent to Duke's Durham, North Carolina campus. In the below clip, Today reporter Jeff Rossen hilariously points out "People gossip with their friends all the time about sex
The Duke University faux sex thesis controversy arose from a private page PowerPoint document written by a Duke University senior, Karen Owen, in the format of a thesis about her sexual experiences during her time attending the university. Shortly before graduating from Duke University in May , Karen Owen wrote a thesis styled document about her sexual experiences during her time attending the university. She privately distributed the document to three friends. In mid-September , during Homecoming weekend, one of these friends decided to forward it onward, and the document went viral. The bulk of the controversy surrounded whether she invaded her partners' rights to privacy , and whether the subjects of Owen's faux thesis have a right to sue, as was done in the case of Jessica Cutler when Cutler published details of her sex life on a blog.