[FoRK] The Great Prohibition - Title IX craziness

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Jun 1 09:41:12 PDT 2015

I know, somewhat, what that's like because I occasionally take my daughter out to a restaurant. Sometimes I think people get the 
wrong idea.
Now she lives in LA.  Hard to discern, but I think it is less of a thing there, which is kind of a problem because I don't know when 
to disavow someone of that perception.


On 6/1/15 8:00 AM, Damien Morton wrote:
> I'm 50 and haven't dated a woman over 30 in 10 years.
> A lot of people react with ick when they find out, but I dont care.
> On Sat, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>> Is even talking about it abusive?
>> A 60 year old dating a 21 year old is disconcerting.  A 27 year old
>> professor dating a 23 year old student, not so much.
>> Can you factor out age gap ick from professor / student ick?  Are there
>> different varieties of professor / student ick?
>> sdw
>> On 5/30/15 11:47 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>>> Professors dating their students is icky.
>>> Greg
>>> On 5/30/2015 11:19 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>>> Way overboard.  Hopefully we'll work our way back, keeping in mind the
>>>> extremes that we've already visited.
>>>> http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/29/laura_kipnis_title_ix_investigation_feminism_political_correctness_controversy.html
>>>>   Title IX Investigation Opened Against Female Northwestern Professor
>>>>> Over Column, Tweet
>>>>> Laura Kipnis during a 2014 interview.
>>>>> In February, Northwestern film professor and liberal cultural critic
>>>>> (and occasional Slate contributor) Laura Kipnis wrote an article for
>>>>> the Chronicle of Higher Education called "Sexual Paranoia Strikes
>>>>> Academe." Kipnis' piece was critical of what she called the "layers of
>>>>> prohibition and sexual terror" that have inspired campus rules
>>>>> prohibiting romantic relationships between professors and students.
>>>>> Wrote Kipnis:
>>>>>      It’s the fiction of the all-powerful professor embedded in the new
>>>>> campus codes that appalls me. And the kowtowing to the
>>>>> fiction—kowtowing wrapped in a vaguely feminist air of rectitude. If
>>>>> this is feminism, it’s feminism hijacked by melodrama. The
>>>>> melodramatic imagination’s obsession with helpless victims and
>>>>> powerful predators is what’s shaping the conversation of the moment,
>>>>> to the detriment of those whose interests are supposedly being
>>>>> protected, namely students. The result? Students’ sense of
>>>>> vulnerability is skyrocketing.

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