Unwanted Advances

Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus

Author: Laura Kipnis

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062657887

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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From a highly regarded feminist cultural critic and professor comes a polemic arguing that the stifling sense of sexual danger sweeping American campuses doesn’t empower women, it impedes the fight for gender equality. Feminism is broken, argues Laura Kipnis, if anyone thinks the sexual hysteria overtaking American campuses is a sign of gender progress. A committed feminist, Kipnis was surprised to find herself the object of a protest march by student activists at her university for writing an essay about sexual paranoia on campus. Next she was brought up on Title IX complaints for creating a "hostile environment." Defying confidentiality strictures, she wrote a whistleblowing essay about the ensuing seventy-two-day investigation, which propelled her to the center of national debates over free speech, "safe spaces," and the vast federal overreach of Title IX. In the process she uncovered an astonishing netherworld of accused professors and students, campus witch hunts, rigged investigations, and Title IX officers run amuck. Drawing on interviews and internal documents, Unwanted Advances demonstrates the chilling effect of this new sexual McCarthyism on intellectual freedom. Without minimizing the seriousness of campus assault, Kipnis argues for more honesty about the sexual realities and ambivalences hidden behind the notion of "rape culture." Instead, regulation is replacing education, and women’s hard-won right to be treated as consenting adults is being repealed by well-meaning bureaucrats. Unwanted Advances is a risk-taking, often darkly funny interrogation of feminist paternalism, the covert sexual conservatism of hook-up culture, and the institutionalized backlash of holding men alone responsible for mutually drunken sex. It’s not just compulsively readable, it will change the national conversation.

Rape Culture and Religious Studies

Critical and Pedagogical Engagements

Author: Rhiannon Graybill,Meredith Minister,Beatrice Lawrence

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 149856285X

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 2773


Rape Culture and Religious Studies explores how teachers and scholars in religion should respond to sexual violence and rape culture in classrooms, curriculums, and the community. The volume offers critical reflections and practical teaching strategies from leading experts working in a variety of institutional contexts and religious traditions.

Campus Sexual Assault

Constitutional Rights and Fundamental Fairness

Author: Evan Gerstmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108497926

Category: Education

Page: 244

View: 4763


Demonstrates how colleges routinely deny students fair hearings in sexual assault cases and define sexual assault in an unconstitutionally broad manner.

Consent on Campus

A Manifesto

Author: Donna Freitas

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190671165

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 9874


A 2015 survey of twenty-seven elite colleges found that twenty-three percent of respondents reported personal experiences of sexual misconduct on their campuses. That figure has not changed since the 1980s, when people first began collecting data on sexual violence. What has changed is the level of attention that the American public is paying to these statistics. Reports of sexual abuse repeatedly make headlines, and universities are scrambling to address the crisis. Their current strategy, Donna Freitas argues, is wholly inadequate. Universities must take a radically different approach to educating their campus communities about sexual assault and consent. Consent education is often a one-time affair, devised by overburdened student affairs officers. Universities seem more focused on insulating themselves from lawsuits and scandals than on bringing about real change. What is needed, Freitas shows, is an effort by the entire university community to deal with the deeper questions about sex, ethics, values, and how we treat one another, including facing up to the perils of hookup culture-and to do so in the university's most important space: the classroom. We need to offer more than a section in the student handbook about sexual assault, and expand our education around consent far beyond "Yes Means Yes." We need to transform our campuses into places where consent is genuinely valued. Freitas advocates for teaching not just how to consent, but why it's important to care about consent and to treat one's sexual partners with dignity and respect. Consent on Campus is a call to action for university administrators, faculty, parents, and students themselves, urging them to create cultures of consent on their campuses, and offering a blueprint for how to do it.

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

Author: Jennifer S. Hirsch,Shamus Khan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 1324001712

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 6933


A groundbreaking study that transforms how we see and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault. The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it? Sexual Citizens provides answers. Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study of sexual assault on a campus to date, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots, transcending current debates about consent, predators in a “hunting ground,” and the dangers of hooking up. Sexual Citizens is based on years of research interviewing and observing college life—with students of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Hirsch and Khan’s landmark study reveals the social ecosystem that makes sexual assault so predictable, explaining how physical spaces, alcohol, peer groups, and cultural norms influence young people’s experiences and interpretations of both sex and sexual assault. Through the powerful concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies,” the authors offer a new and widely-accessible language for understanding the forces that shape young people’s sexual relationships. Empathetic, insightful, and far-ranging, Sexual Citizens transforms our understanding of sexual assault and offers a roadmap for how to address it.

Freedom of Speech on Campus

Author: Eamon Doyle

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1534503072

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 7596


Freedom of speech is a fundamental aspect of American democracy, and university campuses have historically been central to the free speech debate through serving as protectors of this constitutional right. In recent years, campuses have returned to the center of this debate as our notion of what kinds of speech are acceptable and how speech should be controlled continues to develop. With the rise of trigger warnings, designated free-speech zones, and controversial speakers being disinvited from lecturing at universities, the question of whether campuses continue to represent the future of free speech or symbolize its repression has become progressively urgent.

Against Inclusion

Tyranny in the Name of Diversity

Author: Amardo Rodriguez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692043189


Page: 168

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In the last year there have been new books that look critically at the rise of political correctness on US college campuses. These books include Laura Kipnis's Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, Nadine Strossen's Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, Keith Whittington's Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, Greg Lukianoff's and Jonathan Haidt's The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, and Erwin Chemerinsky's and Howard Gillman's Free Speech on Campus. However, what distinguishes Against Inclusion from these is that I focus on the goal of political correctness, which is supposedly achieving diversity and inclusion. I contend that this goal is both dysfunctional and dangerous. Rather than promoting diversity and inclusion, I contend that political correctness trivializes and destroys human diversity for the sake of preserving rather than disrupting the status quo. In this regard, Against Inclusion makes an important contribution to discussions about diversity, language, and multiculturalism policy. Indeed, no other book that looks critically at the goals of political correctness. We simply assume, when criticizing political correctness, that the path to the goal is what is the problem. I contend that the goal is ultimately the problem.

Rooted in Evil

Author: Natalie Joy Andrews

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1683481860

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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: “I could hear the crackling of the blazing fires and even feel the smoke swirl around my body. The faint odor of blood filled my nostrils until I was overwhelmed by the stench of death.” Moving to a small town and beginning her senior year at a new school proved to be much more than a typical high school nightmare of being the new kid on campus; for Addy, it was a tug-of-war for her soul. Enticed by a mysterious and powerful group of peers, she uncovers unexpected secrets hidden away in the coastal town of Ledo and must face the most important decision of her life, but it may cost her just that…her life.