Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa has another really excellent blog post today.
One of the central themes in Unwanted Advances is Kipnis’s suggestion that campus “sexual paranoia” stands in tension with a recognition of female sexuality and sexual agency. She attributes to the contemporary American university a Victorian sensibility, treating women as precious, featureless, sexless wards requiring zealous protection. I think this is a serious misreading of the cultural situation, and of the nature of agency.
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I am considering using Kipnis’s book in my Feminist Philosophy class because I want my students to be prepared to engage in debate on feminist issues the way that debate takes place outside of a feminist classroom. Does anyone have an opinion on whether Kipnis’ book would be good for this purpose? This semester Christina Hoff Sommers visited the University where I teach and we read some of her writing in Feminist Philosophy. However, students didn’t find her arguments at all persuasive and her talk on campus impressed them even less. My concern isn’t whether or not students will be persuaded by counterarguments, it is whether the counterarguments are worth their time and our class time to consider. Can anyone compare Paglia’s latest book, _Free Women, Free Men_, to Kipnis’s in this context? Or does anyone have other suggestions?
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