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Epub ´ Unwanted Advances ô Laura Kipnis 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 eualityFeminism is broken argues Laura Kipnis if anyone thinks the sexual hysteria overtaking American campuses is a sign of gender progressA 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 hostil Boy there is a lot here over which to ruminate This is a TOUGH subject and I think Kipnis gets some things very right and other things very wrong First off it's obvious that Northwestern uses a much different process than the one we use at UW Milwaukee I'm on our NonAcademic Misconduct Committee and have seen how we handle Title IX claims While I am not always comfortable with the process and I agree that that the preponderance of evidence standard could potentially be problematic I generally view our policies as meeting the dual goals of education and maintaining campus safety In other words I don't see the process as big brother ish and wanton as Kipnis does I tend to think the process to combat sexual assault serves its purposes as outlined by the Department of Education and not as this generation’s “Communist threat” as Kipnis argues But Kipnis makes some good points too especially related to binge drinking and the role of alcohol in consent to sexual activity as well as points relating to female agency Kipnis spends a lot of time on professorstudent relationships and I think that's where she goes very wrong While her case and the other case she discusses were handled badly her generalizations do not appear to be warranted She reasons from what she calls many cases and emails she receives to indict the whole system Without actual numbers and data especially given my much different experience at UWM I cannot have confidence that her view is the pervasive one and mine is the minority She would be far convincing if she were systematic And one of her bottom line arguments is that it should be okay for students and faculty to have consensual sexual relationships just as it was when she was in school generally she thinks we far too often euate sex with danger on college campuses and I find that to be just completely wrong given the inherent power differential even if as she argues sometimes the student has power in the relationship According to Kipnis this ban on relationships or anything close to them makes faculty sitting ducks for false claims Indeed she even challenges the view that the accuser is to always be believed which is essentially what got her in trouble with the Title IX folks given that retaliation against people because of their claims is also forbidden and argues that Title IX cases have opened the door for revenge charges She claims that well known and oft repeated statistics about the rarity of false charges concerning rape or unwanted sexual advances are wrong She presents evidence about that but I'd have to do research to see if she's right Her concern generally is with the rights of those accused and I’m sympathetic to that concern But again I think she generalizes too far and fails to recognize the real danger campuses face and rightly wish to avoid of not keeping its community safe She gets too close too often for my taste to victim blaming though she swears she’s not doing soShe makes an interesting feminist argument about these cases though suggesting that our treatment of these cases essentially removes sexual agency from women persuading them that they are in her words “helpless prey” We’ve moved from a time where women were tougher basically her words and could handle a man making a pass at her to one where women especially students couldn’t possibly want to have casual sex and claim harassment for once casual comments While again that goes too far I do think she makes some compelling points here demonstrating how generalizations about gender affect the process I vehemently disagree though that women ought to just “put up” with the kinds of sexual comments they used to tolerate Obviously there is something wrong with a society where sexual harassment is rampant and women are expected to just deal with it All of this she argues uite convincingly is exacerbated by the campus binge drinking problem When alcohol is involved in a sexual assault case and on campuses it nearly always is many consent issues arise Kipnis argues that when both parties are drunk it is as impossible for the woman to give consent Title IX rules as it is for the man to know that the woman isn’t consenting and for him to make a reasoned judgement about his actions Walking again a fine line between making a reasoned feminist argument and victim blaming Kipnis argues that we need to spend time educating women about saying no and knowing themselves well enough to know what they want in terms of sex about not getting black out drunk and about self defense and I think that’s all right Thus far we’ve spent far time attempting to change attitudes and behavior of men and that’s good too but I think Kipnis has a point that many of these situations wouldn’t have gotten where they were without excessive consumption of alcohol That consumption itself is often aimed at loosening inhibitions and having “ fun” When a woman regrets what she did under the influence she might bring a Title IX claim and that’s where according to Kipnis sexual ambivalence turns in to sexual assault to the great detriment of the accused It certainly should not be taboo to discuss the problem of binge drinking on campus as it relates to sexual activity though campuses have long been trying to address their alcohol problems to very little availAs with most things campus sexual assault and how universities handle it is COMPLICATED Kipnis raises as many uestions as she answers and had me vehemently writing “COME ON” as often as I was nodding my head I think the book deserves to be read by campus administrators and I’ll send this review to ours so that they can join me in pondering the issues she raises But I also think she’s crazy

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Unwanted Advances Doc Ä 245 pages Download ↠ Laura kipnis » ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Unwanted Advances Author Laura Kipnis – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk From a highly regarded feminist cultural critic and professor comes a polemic arguing that the stifling sense of sexual danger sweeping Americ E 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 IXIn 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 seriou Kipnis is a feminist who has been maligned and even faced civil rights charges because she has dared to express her views on Title IX related to sexual assault cases Specifically she has been critical of the way in which the rights of the accused usually men have been diminished usually in hearings on college campuses and the academic freedom of faculty threatened She was brought up on civil rights charges by a graduate student for an opinion piece she wrote which the student claimed traumatized her in some way Kipnis describes at length the case of one senior professor who had his career ruined after a consensual relationship ended and another student who stalked him although Kipnis never uses this term to characterize her behavior charges him with sexual assault Kipnis' primary criticisms are 1 agency has been taken away from women in the current approach to the serious problem of sexual assaults on college campuses Women are increasingly seen as in need of protection from predetory males 2 there is resistance to providing women with defense skills against assault because this is somehow seen as blaming the victim and 3 an emphasis on the need to change the behavior of men I agree with Kipnis' view that men who are most likely to commit these kinds of assault are less likely to be receptive to changing their behaviorI was fascinated by some of the insights about the impact of the growing focusworriesemphasis on Title IX related to assaults This has become a big industry as various entities race to peddle training etc to colleges and universities It is a big deal to higher education because the failure to educate all faculty and staff on Title IX and failure to comply can cost colleges their federal dollars Kipnis also noted the exponential growth of administrative positions at colleges Paired with the dollars spent on Title IX cases and trainings Kipnis reflects these trends lead to the reduction in funding for college libraries faculty salaries and probably other kinds of cut backs There may be too much detail about certain cases for some readers I am not referring to unnecessary descriptions of assaults but many many details about all of the ins and outs of certain cases It is for that reason I am rating this 4 stars although in my ratings that is high praise I highly recommend this book to anyone working in higher education An example of such cutbacks on my campus is a new so called green initiative All trash cans have been removed from classrooms Faculty and staff have to empty their own trash and recycling at a central place on each floor Our secretaries were the most incensed saying it's not my job I interpret this move as a way to reduce maintenance workers Calling it green is the second biggest insult after that of cutting jobs

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Unwanted AdvancesSness of campus assault Kipnis argues for 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 bureaucratsUnwanted 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 TL;DR universities shouldn't be permitted to serve as DA judge jury and executioner because those roles are inherently conflicted Disclaimer I am an attorney who once knew enough about the intersection of Title IX and civil cases to be asked to speak about it For years I've thought it should be scrapped and a better system put into place My knowledge is a bit out of date and honestly I'm glad I actually didn't think Title IX administration at a university level could have gotten worseDisclaimer the second I represented women who were the sort of claimants that Professor Kipnis excoriates here I didn't ever see one of them achieve anything close to justice because just as it's easy to condemn an unpopular professor while hiding behind hazy confidentiality restrictions it's just as easy to ignore student complaints For the record I don't think consensual relationships between professors and students are usually appropriate and support their restriction Disclaimer the third this is the juicy one when I was an undergraduate at a no name Land Grand university in the 90s I took a mandatory class from a professor who was friends with my father Seriously I helped the guy move with my dad and husband to get off the waitlist and into class as one did in the 90s The first day of lecture I watched an inappropriately think Pretty Woman dressed woman sit front and center and manage to try to flirt with the professor in front of 200 of her classmates It was pathetic and kind of funny so I told my father about it He told his friend I was pissed off at them both but I got an A I'd forgotten about ituntil the university called me as a witness the next year She alleged an inappropriate relationship I was called into a university administrator's office and asked to report what I'd seen It wasn't much but I did I wasn't privy to the details but I know that he resigned rather than be subject to the restrictions of not being allowed to meet one on one with students without a third party being present as well as some other penalties Do I think he did something inappropriate Sure He was that kind of guy and I always got a creepy vibe from him Did I think she did something inappropriate Sure Later her best friend confided in me that she'd made up a bunch of it Now she's well known for being a pro male divorce attorney So that said and remembering I'm a pro claimant attorneyI spent the first uarter of the book thinking she was batshit crazy the second uarter annoyed at the use of case studies I'm a lawyer with some hard science behind me and no not a double entendre and the last half mostly in agreement The law is all about managing competing interests Title IX was meant to redress years of systematic discrimination against women It doesn't do it very well because any legal method of redress of systematic discrimination unless well supervised and well managed is not likely to succeedThe biggest problem with Title IX is that it is underfunded understaffed and the people who are put in charge of administering its programs do not generally have sufficient education and background in the law to have any business making the kinds of decisions they do Additionally the uality of programs varies widely between universities which are themselves too busy acting as brands to police themselves with any sort of objectivity And that's what it comes down to Policing Prosecuting Judging Deciding on punishments No one body can do all of these things without tremendous conflicts of interests Until that's addressed then we will continue to see the system abused in either direction