Further to Harvard Law Dean Compares Microaggressions To Violence, Sexual Assault (I, survivor, wonder whether that dean has ever experienced the latter… )
Last Friday, further evidence that activists are seeking to use the federal government to silence critics emerged in an article written by Harvard professor Jeannie Suk for The New Yorker. Suk, who signed November’s open letter, said a high-level administrator at Harvard told her several people inquired about filing a Title IX complaint against the professors.
“A handful of students have said that they feel unsafe at Harvard because of the professors’ statement about the film,” Suk writes. “If a Title IX complaint were filed and an investigation launched, the professors wouldn’t be permitted to speak about it, as that could be considered ‘retaliation’ against those who filed the complaint, which would violate the campus sexual-harassment policy.” In other words, even if the professors are not found responsible for violating Title IX, a mere complaint could be a potent weapon for activists to silence on-campus critics.
It may seem bizarre, but there is actually precedent for just such an investigation. Earlier this year, Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis authored an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education recounting her own “Title IX inquisition.” Kipnis published an essay criticizing a recent university ban on romantic relationships between students and faculty, and shortly after was subjected to a months-long investigation by the school after students accused her essay of, by itself, creating a “hostile environment.” Kipnis was eventually cleared.More.
The main problem is that the documentary, while useful to an advancing progressive agenda, is probably bollocks.
There was an actual sexual abuse epidemic among girls in the care of British child welfare agencies, but government PR media can’t wait to drop the subject because — while potentially salacious—it raises too many questions about how such media helped poison the atmosphere around discussing true causes:
The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled “racist” if they focused on victims’ descriptions of the majority of abusers as “Asian” men.
What? Dealing with differences in cultures about the acceptability of rape—oh no, if we had to handle that honestly, just think where it could lead?
Made-up campus rape epidemics get aspiring hacks and ‘crats the desired invitations in complete safety.
Reality check: Profs, quit falling on your swords, or whatever. Claims for victim status, no matter what the evidence, will be bread and butter for many young people in the years to come. Why fight it?
The intellectual life must move off campus, toward the world of MOOCs perhaps, because universities are becoming increasingly hostile to that life, to say nothing of irrelevant to it.
See also: Will the junior jackboots of Asshat U finally get “justice”?