Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Laura Kipnis, Rape Culture, and the Disappearance of Sex

"Earlier this month, HarperCollins released Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis’ book Unwanted Advances, [I commend this book to your attention] based on her article about the accusations and subsequent resignation of fellow professor Peter Ludlow for alleged sexual misconduct with a student. Kipnis characterizes the investigation as an “inquisition,” and draws doubt on the “credibility of the accuser’s claims and the fairness of the process”. I won’t go into the further details of the actual case, but what makes Unwanted Advances especially relevant is its broader examination of the “rape culture” hysteria on college campuses, a claim that asserts that fully 25% of women will be victims of sexual assault while in college."


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