Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes To Campus by Laura KipnisUnwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes To Campus by Laura Kipnis

Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes To Campus

byLaura Kipnis

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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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 more 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 Instead, regulation is replacing education, and women’s hard-won right to be treated as consenting adults is being repealed by well-meaning bureaucrats.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.

Title:Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes To CampusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062657860

ISBN - 13:9780062657862

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening This is not simply an opinion piece about a scary, sometimes genderized, topic - Title IX and sexual assaults on US campuses. This is a telling of first hand accounts - both Kipnis and another professor - of how they've gone through their own Title IX investigations and the new requirement of preponderance of evidence rather than a normal trial. It also shines light on key participants who have used Title IX as a weapon on rivals through various cases where they had no other involvement than being an adviser, despite not being from the same campus, faculty, or know anything about the case. This is mainly represented through other second-hand accounts of other investigations, including where none of the parties involved in a relationship were the ones filing but rather non-participating actors. Coming from a known feminist writer, it succeeds in highlight how the Dear Colleague letter and the Title IX process was hijacked by the regressive left as their own weapon for propagation of ideology and personal and professional advancement.
Date published: 2017-09-14

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“....riveting read...,Unwanted Advances is a bracing book, its message delivered with fierce intelligence and mordant humor.”: