Katie Roiphe disputes sexual harassment claims (Pope still Catholic too)

Katie Roiphe (who made her name by insisting that most victims of ‘date rape’ just had bad sex) is now arguing in Slate (you can find it) that we’ve all badly misunderstood the complexity of the McGinn story. In particular, she quotes lots of emails out of context, tells us she’s read much more, and asks us to trust her interpretation: that there really was a consensual if sometimes fraught romantic relationship.

Katie Roiphe is the same person who responded to sexual harassment accusations against Herman Cain by writing “After all these years, we are again debating the definition of unwanted sexual advances and parsing the question of whether a dirty joke in the office is a crime.” The accusations included this: “Sharon Bialek says Cain groped her and shoved her head towards his crotch with the words, “You want a job, don’t you?”

So, headline news: Noted sexual harassment-denier denies claims of sexual harassment. YAWN.

(But somebody should be looking into the privacy violations involved in showing those emails to a reporter.)

Gendered Epistemology and Mind Textbooks

In the comments on this post about gendered metaphysics textbooks, a reader writes:

It would be helpful to have analogous threads on epistemology and philosophy of mind anthologies as well. I decided not to use Neta and Pritchard’s Arguing about Knowledge for this very reason (1 woman out of 44), and Sosa, Kim, Fantl, and McGrath’s Epistemology: An Anthology is better but not great (9 out of 60). As for philosophy of mind, I’ve used Chalmers’ Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2 out 63), and I haven’t had the time to investigate alternatives…

David Chalmers helpfully points toward this thread for some philosophy of mind suggestions. But does anyone have further suggestions, particularly for epistemology?

How women dress on TV.

A spokesman for the AKP, the leading party in Turkey, spoke on TV about the party’s attitude to women’s dress: they don’t wish to regulate how women dress, of course, but there was this presenter on a tv show saturday, and her outfit was ‘unacceptable’. It seems that the woman in question, Gözde Kansu, is no longer presenting that show.

Here is the interview with the spokesman Hüseyin Çelik, together with a clip from Kansu’s show, in Turkish.

The idea seems to be that no matter how tolerant you are, some outfits are simply unacceptable, such as those that show off part of breasts, and legs above the knees. So one might surmise that his (and the party’s?) tolerance stops at allowing modestly dressed women who don’t cover their heads to be out and about or on tv.

I wonder how he feels about Miley Cyrus.


Thanks to Lucas, who posted this on Facebook.