Northwestern and Title IX

Justin has a very thorough post up covering recent developments at Northwestern.  I urge you to read it!

Kipnis has turned her story about her refusal to correct her confused and possibly misleading account of a Title IX complaint allegedly involving rape into a sweeping epic about her time on the front lines of the heroic battle defending academic freedom. Now that more facts are out there, I leave it to the reader to decide whether that is where her story really belongs. She claims that “What’s being lost, along with job security, is the liberty to publish ideas that might go against the grain or to take on risky subjects in the first place.” That she says these words in academia’s most widely read news publication is an irony she neglects to remark upon.

2 thoughts on “Northwestern and Title IX

  1. I’m not taking a stance on the accuracy of her claims, since I haven’t had a chance to read all the relevant stuff on it, but I don’t see why you think there’s anything ironic going on here. She’s making a claim about being wrongly punished for her beliefs and her expression of them. She’s not saying there’s no forum to express her views. I’m not sure why it’s supposed to be ironic that she’s expressing a view publicly that she also thinks she’s being punished for expressing. Since there’s no claim here of not having a public forum to speak, it’s not ironic that she has such a public forum. If she were saying her actual ability to engage in speech were being limited, that would be a different matter, but the issue isn’t about whether she can actually make the speech but about whether she can do so freely and without retaliation by her employer.

  2. If you want to engage in a discussion with the author of the quoted passage, do head over to Daily Nous, following the link.

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