From a reader:
I came across [trigger warning] this article about the motivations of perpetrators of sexual assault. It highlights the importance of talking about sex and sexual violence with young people.
This brought up an issue I’ve been thinking about a lot recently: do we have an obligation to intentionally foster discussions about sex and sexual violence in philosophy courses? It seems this might be the case particularly in courses where these discussions easily relate to the course material (as is the case in many introductory ethics courses.) As authority figures we have the opportunity to normalize and validate the importance of the discussion of sex and sexual violence. This is particularly salient given that these issues are rarely discussed in other academic settings and that college students inhabit a culture where they often have to navigate these complicated issues.
I’m curious what other people think about this.