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Unwanted Advances Ebook » 245 pages Download ´ Insolpro ê [Ebook] ➯ Unwanted Advances ➮ Laura Kipnis – Insolpro.co.uk 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 womenFrom 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 eualityFeminism is broken argues Laura Kipnis if anyone thinks the sexual hysteria overtaking American campuses is a sign of gender progressA 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 hostil 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 female agency Kipnis spends a lot of time on professorstudent relationships and I think that's where she goes very wrong While her case and the other case she discusses were handled badly her generalizations do not appear to be warranted She reasons from what she calls many cases and emails she receives to indict the whole system Without actual numbers and data especially given my much different experience at UWM I cannot have confidence that her view is the pervasive one and mine is the minority She would be far convincing if she were systematic And one of her bottom line arguments is that it should be okay for students and faculty to have consensual sexual relationships just as it was when she was in school generally she thinks we far too often euate sex with danger on college campuses and I find that to be just completely wrong given the inherent power differential even if as she argues sometimes the student has power in the relationship According to Kipnis this ban on relationships or anything close to them makes faculty sitting ducks for false claims Indeed she even challenges the view that the accuser is to always be believed which is essentially what got her in trouble with the Title IX folks given that retaliation against people because of their claims is also forbidden and argues that Title IX cases have opened the door for revenge charges She claims that well known and oft repeated statistics about the rarity of false charges concerning rape or unwanted sexual advances are wrong She presents evidence about that but I'd have to do research to see if she's right Her concern generally is with the rights of those accused and I’m sympathetic to that concern But again I think she generalizes too far and fails to recognize the real danger campuses face and rightly wish to avoid of not keeping its community safe She gets too close too often for my taste to victim blaming though she swears she’s not doing soShe makes an interesting feminist argument about these cases though suggesting that our treatment of these cases essentially removes sexual agency from women persuading them that they are in her words “helpless prey” We’ve moved from a time where women were tougher basically her words and could handle a man making a pass at her to one where women especially students couldn’t possibly want to have casual sex and claim harassment for once casual comments While again that goes too far I do think she makes some compelling points here demonstrating how generalizations about gender affect the process I vehemently disagree though that women ought to just “put up” with the kinds of sexual comments they used to tolerate Obviously there is something wrong with a society where sexual harassment is rampant and women are expected to just deal with it All of this she argues uite convincingly is exacerbated by the campus binge drinking problem When alcohol is involved in a sexual assault case and on campuses it nearly always is many consent issues arise Kipnis argues that when both parties are drunk it is as impossible for the woman to give consent Title IX rules as it is for the man to know that the woman isn’t consenting and for him to make a reasoned judgement about his actions Walking again a fine line between making a reasoned feminist argument and victim blaming Kipnis argues that we need to spend time educating women about saying no and knowing themselves well enough to know what they want in terms of sex about not getting black out drunk and about self defense and I think that’s all right Thus far we’ve spent far time attempting to change attitudes and behavior of men and that’s good too but I think Kipnis has a point that many of these situations wouldn’t have gotten where they were without excessive consumption of alcohol That consumption itself is often aimed at loosening inhibitions and having “ fun” When a woman regrets what she did under the influence she might bring a Title IX claim and that’s where according to Kipnis sexual ambivalence turns in to sexual assault to the great detriment of the accused It certainly should not be taboo to discuss the problem of binge drinking on campus as it relates to sexual activity though campuses have long been trying to address their alcohol problems to very little availAs with most things campus sexual assault and how universities handle it is COMPLICATED Kipnis raises as many uestions as she answers and had me vehemently writing “COME ON” as often as I was nodding my head I think the book deserves to be read by campus administrators and I’ll send this review to ours so that they can join me in pondering the issues she raises But I also think she’s crazy

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E 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 IXIn 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 seriou 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 trashing feminists of every generation I wonder if she thinks claiming to be a feminist enough times will hide the fact that her book is thinly veiled misogyny and distain for the young women who are ruining her precious free love campuses where the best advice she gives is it's not assault just bad sex

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Unwanted AdvancesSness 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 bureaucratsUnwanted 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 A book with some flaws but nevertheless an important defense of liberal empowered feminism over the left wing version of feminism that is gaining ground if not dominance on college campuses I often didn't like Kipnis' tone she might be able to reach many of the people she's arguing against without the anger and sarcasm that streams through this book Moreover I think she spent too much of the book on a single extended case at her university rather than surveying the variety of views and issues surrounding campus sexual assault around the country Nevertheless I think she makes several important pointsThe first is that the version of femininity that colors the way many left wing feminists and Title 9 investigators view these cases is actually uite regressive and disempowering She shows uite convincingly through a highly in depth set of case studies that these investigators viewed the female complainants as having virtually no agency or choice in the face of the overwhelming authority and coercion of men So many of the women in this story said later they felt that they could not say no because of the institutional power of male professors But what has become of feminism when women aren't empowered to say no especially to men who aren't physically threatening to them What about a case where the female student invited the professor on the date went to multiple locations with him drank with him posted live Instagram photos on it and then fell asleep in his bed fully clothed only to wake up her story to find him groping her Clearly this woman exerted female agency throughout this story but in her recollection and in the views of the Title 9 investigators it was his Svengali like charm and overwhelming power he was no longer her professor though that coerced her into making every one of these decisions Kipnis notes that this is an old and oppressive story that feminism has fought hard to destroy It is the woman as the wilting helpless flower and the man as the devious manipulative brute How odd is it that left wing feminism is taking us back to the gender dynamics of 19th century sentimentalist novelsSecond I thought she was dead on in arguing that campus sexual assault prevention and our general culture should help empower women to say no and be able to resist unwanted sexual advances or assaults Two caveats 1 This does not mean we should stop trying to change men or masculinity I agree this is a huge problem and that the responsibility for sexual assault lies entirely with the perpetrator 2 This is also not victim blaming Think of it this way would you want yourself or your child to have the emotional and physical tools necessary to say no firmly but also to have sexual agency and to hold themselves responsible for bad consensual choices Would you want yourself or your child or sibling etc to have the ability to fight off an attacker to bust their nose to make enough noise to get attention Would you want yourself or themselves to be aware of what situations frat parties with tons of alcohol for instance are dangerous in a sexual assault sense This is not victim blaming; this is a form of empowerment We cannot wait for male sexual behavior to change before we start encouraging women to defend and empower themselves Think about the kinds of students that affirmative consent training won't get through to entitled pushy hyper masculine often misogynistic deep down Not everyone can be reached and male sexual behavior might not be totally transformable In the meantime it is mere common sense to empower and educate women on how to avoid object to and stop sexual assaults while empowering and educating as many men as possible to recognize when these things are happening and be willing to interveneLastly and this is really touchy territory Kipnis makes the crucial point that we cannot simply trust accusers Not only is this illegal and illiberal it also reflects a simplistic view of human psychological and sexual behavior wherein women have no motivations other than seeking justice for offenses Her cases and many others show this isn't true Women are people they are flawed They can pursue vendettas misremember things and even play out melodramas or psychological health problems in the campus courts With the bar being raised ever higher about the meaning of consent with some on campuses even arguing that regret about sex means you may have not consented this has led to a flurry of lawsuits and counter suits built on flimsy evidence This of course doesn't mean that all or even most accusers are lying or crazy which Kipnis rightfully acknowledges If one person sexually assaults another that person must be prosecuted and punished What is means is that the parties on both sides have rights and are complex people and we cannot let and idealized version of femininity and a demonized version of masculinity drive our interpretations of these casesThis book is part of a conversation within feminism that must continue For me it is the first sustained foray into this conversation and I hope my comments above convey respect for anyone touched by this issue If you think I said something wrong or without sensitivity please approach in a spirit of charity and I promise to reciprocate I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in contemporary feminism or the sexual assault issue on campuses