Feminist film professor Laura Kipnis is controversial because she believes, among other things, that I have a right to exist. You see, I am the product of a professor-student relationship (turned 40-plus year marriage) — something that is highly controversial on campus these days because of the perceived power imbalances between faculty and students.
For countenancing such relationships and for criticizing other aspects of what she calls “sexual paranoia” on campus, Kipnis, a liberal feminist, has become a polarizing figure. Her opinions are apparently considered so outlandish that a group of six Wellesley College professors just responded to her appearance on their campus by proposing new guidelines for speaker selection.
Their claim: Speakers like Kipnis unfairly “impose” on students by forcing them to spend time engaging with ideas they disagree with.