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P R I N T WEEKLY | 04.20.17 B Y C H U C K T WA R D Y ell into Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, Laura Kipnis concedes: "As a writer, I've always been drawn to what you're not supposed to say; it's almost a methodology at this point." It doesn't take the reader long to pick up on this. The Northwestern University lmmaking professor, who calls herself "a certi ed left-wing feminist," thrust herself into a nasty Title IX case at her school, at least partly taking up for a philosophy pro- fessor accused by two female students of sexual harassment. (Disclosure: Northwestern alumnus.) By writing about the case for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Kipnis found herself the "respondent" in Title IX accusations and the subject of campus protests. Not only does Kipnis criti- cize the secretive, pseudo-ju- dicial Title IX processwhich stems from the landmark 1972 law guaranteeing equal gender access at universities receiving federal fundsshe also critiques the assump- tions behind "rape culture" on campuses. "The current approaches to combating sexual aggression end up, perversely, reifying male power," she argues. Kipnis earlier outed feminist orthodoxy in Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America, arguing for nuanced understanding. And that's her point here: that sexual relations, on or o campus, do not easily reduce to stereotype. Or, as she puts it, "zealous boundary-drawing and self-protective preciousness don't augur well for the imaginative life." Her target is a self-sustaining bu- reaucracy geared to nd men always guilty of preying on women. The philosophy professor might have acted foolishly, but broke no laws or campuses codes, Kipnis points out, and her own brush with bureaucratic overreach amounted to a breach of academic freedom. She relates ugly escapades from other schools, noting they often result from unrelated campus skirmishes. "I abso- lutely believe there are sexual harassers on campus, and bona de harassers should be red," Kipnis stresses. But the Title IX process, which turns on the "preponderance of evidence" found by investiga- tors who also act as judges, negates feminist advances by treating women as "endan- gered damsels." Eventually Kipnis wades into sexual assault and binge drink- ing, not to blame victims but to suggest young women need to learn to insist on their own agency: "Two di erent things can be true at once: men are responsible for sexual as- sault; and women who act as if sexual assault weren't a reality are acting incoherently." Something you're not supposed to say, maybe, but Kipnis is just the person to say it. UNPOPULAR OPINIONS AAABC UNWANTED ADVANCES: SEXUAL PARANOIA COMES TO CAMPUS By Laura Kipnis, $27. A PROFESSOR TAKES AN UNFASHIONABLE STANCE IN UNWANTED ADVANCES | W CASTING CALL AND JOB FAIR CASTING CALL AND JOB FAIR 12:00 NOON - 7:00 PM IN THE MAD ONION RESTAURANT INSIDE HOOTERS CASINO HOTEL 1 1 5 E T R O P I C A N A A V E | L A S V E G A S N V, 8 9 1 0 9 BRING YOUR RESUME (AND HEADSHOT IF AVAILABLE) AND YOU WILL BE INTERVIEWED ON THE SPOT! IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE JOB FAIR, APPLY ON OUR WEBSITE: HOOTERSCASINOHOTEL.COM *POOL ATTIRE REQUIRED. MODEL POOLSIDE COCKTAIL SERVERS MODEL POOLSIDE BARTENDERS POOL PARTY / NIGHTLIFE VIP HOSTS POOL PARTY / NIGHTLIFE PROMOTERS LIFEGUARDS WE ARE SEEKING UPBEAT AND ENTHUSIASTIC MEMBERS TO JOIN OUR TEAM: COME JOIN OUR TEAM AND WORK IN OUR NEWLY RENOVATED POOL AND ATTACHED BAR AND RESTAURANT APRIL 24 JOIN US MONDAY NEW HOOTERS POOL

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