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Sexual Paranoia, Gender Strife, Cultural Revolution
January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Conversation with Laura Kipnis and Edmund Santurri, Morrison Family Director of the Institute, on Sexual Paranoia, Gender Strife, Cultural Revolution. Laura Kipnis is a cultural theorist, critic, and former video artist. Her most recent book, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus (2017), draws on investigative reporting, cultural analysis, and her own experiences with Title IX investigations in higher education. Without minimizing the seriousness of campus assault, Kipnis advocates for more honesty about the sexual realities and ambivalences hidden behind the notion of “rape culture.” Instead, she argues, regulation is replacing education, and women’s right to be treated as consenting adults is being repealed by well-meaning bureaucrats.
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