Unwanted Advances



Unwanted Advances 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 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Instead, Regulation Is Replacing Education, And Women S Hard Won Right To Be Treated As Consenting Adults Is Being Repealed By Well Meaning Bureaucrats.Unwanted Advances Is A Risk Taking, Often Darkly Funny Interrogation Of Feminist Paternalism, The Covert Sexual Conservatism Of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.

Laura Kipnis is the author of Against Love A Polemic How to Become A Scandal The Female Thing Bound and Gagged and the upcoming Men Notes from an Ongoing Observation out in November Her books have been translated into fifteen languages She s written essays and criticism for Slate, Harper s, Playboy, New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum A former filmmaker, s

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  • Hardcover
  • 245 pages
  • Unwanted Advances
  • Laura Kipnis
  • 03 July 2017
  • 9780062657862

10 thoughts on “Unwanted Advances

  1. Sharad Pandian says:

    The first four chapters are really just an expansion of Kipnis Chronicle of Higher Education article Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe , where she argues that campus feminism orthodoxy inadvertently erases female autonomy in its quest for justice for victims of sexual assault By taking on narrow conceptions of power, or so she argues, campus feminism forgets that non institutional power can exist conferred for example by youth and beauty This challenges the simplistic narratives about how institutionally powerful men necessarily act in predatory ways when dating those without institutional power This argument along with a number of real cases of egregious title IX overreach would have made for a decent read already But it s chapter 5 and the coda at the end that really introduce the exciting stuff Here she argues that the earnestness of the campus activists and administrators in fact obscure the real issues 1 party cultures on campuses where way too much alcohol and drugs are ritually consumed 2 Gender dynamics...

  2. Kate Koza says:

    I ve had the usual range of female experiences and sexual assaults, which is why I feel pretty strongly that someone has to call out the codes of self martyring femininity, not to mention the covert veneration of feminine passivity enshrined in our campus policies and initiatives.What would happen if we stopped commiserating with one another about how horrible men are and teach students how to say, Get your fucking hand off my knee Yes, there s an excess of masculine power in the world, and wo...

  3. Portal in the Pages says:

    Urghhh

  4. Sara says:

    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...

  5. Barbara says:

    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 mo...

  6. Sally Kenney says:

    This is a horrible book, and I almost even hate to admit that I read it But my Provost read it and I wanted to discuss with him and also have my finger on the pulse of sexual assault issues, so I dove into the cesspool Without question, Kipnis is a snappy writer She managed to parlay one moment of alleged victimhood into being the new Katie Roiphe, putting the hammer down against all sexual assault survivors Her portrait of the two women complainants is worrying, and clearly unflattering All Title IX officers are overreaching feminazis with no capacity for nuance or commitment to due process If a feminist painted academic administrators or men with such broad brush strokes, it would be dismissed as polemic, but because feminists are the target, the book has been heralded as boldly speaking truth to power How can the pendulum have swung strongly in the direction of backlash before sexual assault survivors have received even a modicum of justice or recognition I am reminded of Haltom and ...

  7. M M says:

    Laura Kipnis has written an exceptionally smart, courageous and insightful book that dares to challenge the knee jerk, lockstep orthodoxy of so called progressive thinking while demonstrating its sexually regressive foundation in Title IX procedures She documents with tart wit, an able lawyer s gift with evidence and her own bona fides as a feminist to expose the travesties of justice perpetrated on college campuses The book reads fluidly and swiftly, with elements of a legal thriller, as she traces one professor s, as well as her own, experiences before Title IX Torquemada s, exposing the egregious deprivation of due process, fairness or sanity in the inquisitions that are increasingly common across university campuses Kipnis provokes readers to consider the nature of sex, sexual violence and moral responsibility in complex, honest and substantial ways than most writers addressing the topic today She is an exemplar of the value, importance and power of intellectual freedom and a...

  8. Whitney Sanchez says:

    I m not sure I even have the words to express how poorly argued this book is Kipnis definition of a healthy college campus is one where professors should have free reign to date undergraduate students and anyone who thinks otherwise is a prude Her arguments are mainly red herrings and based solely on her opinions and campus gossip She spends time interviewing the accused but gives no voice to the accusers She repeatedly tries to hide behind being a left wing feminist, while trash...

  9. Andrew says:

    Asks Laura Kipnis If feminism is about empowering women, why does the dominant narrative in Title IX investigations, which are designed mainly to protect women, remove all agency from them But outside of the introduction and conclusion, Kipnis only passingly addresses this question within a broader litany of Kafkaesque Title IX inquiries Although there is some delightful Foucauldian power analy...

  10. Shelley says:

    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 worse.Disclaimer 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 Seriousl...

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