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Activists Might Be Gearing Up to Sic the Title IX Inquisition on The Hunting Ground’s Critics

Propaganda film wants to be immune from criticism.

The Hunting GroundThe Hunting GroundEarlier this week, I warned that the activist filmmakers behind The Hunting Ground appeared to be threatening their critics among the Harvard University Law faculty:

“The Harvard Law professors’ letter is irresponsible and raises an important question about whether the very public bias these professors have shown in favor of an assailant contributes to a hostile climate at Harvard Law,” Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering wrote in a statement to The Harvard Crimson.

That sure sounded to me like the prelude to a Title IX investigation. Sure enough, Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk writes in the New Yorker that “I’ve been told by a high-level administrator that several people have inquired about the possibility” of a Title IX inquiry:

To my knowledge, no complaint of sexual harassment has been filed with Harvard’s Title IX office—though I’ve been told by a high-level administrator that several people have inquired about the possibility—and I don’t know if the school would proceed with an investigation. Precedent for such an investigation exists in the case of Laura Kipnis, a feminist film-studies professor at Northwestern University, who earlier this year wrote an article criticizing aspects of Title IX policies and culture and was accused of creating a hostile environment on campus; Northwestern conducted an investigation and ultimately cleared Kipnis of sexual-harassment charges. A handful of students have said that they feel unsafe at Harvard because of the professors’ statement about the film. If a Title IX complaint were filed and an investigation launched, the professors wouldn’t be permitted to speak about it, as that could be considered “retaliation” against those who filed the complaint, which would violate the campus sexual-harassment policy.

Suk’s article is worth reading in full.

It would not surprise me if students at Harvard go the Title IX route; it would also not surprise me if the filmmakers encourage them to do so. They already believe that their work of propaganda should be immune from criticism. 

Photo Credit: The Hunting Ground

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    To my knowledge, no complaint of sexual harassment has been filed with Harvard’s Title IX office

    I'm sure that will rectified soon enough. Maybe Sabrina Erdely can write an article about it in Rolling Stone.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • CatoTheChipper||

    That's pretty much what it looks like.

  • Jimbo||

    How about a Snuggle Session instead?

  • Tommy_Grand||

    ^ this

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    I'm guessing that the girls in that picture don't go to Harvard. No reason.

  • bassjoe||

    Oh, come on! You're such a liar. It's because there were 3 other stories in the documentary besides the one about Harvard! You're just playing the odds.

  • Trouser-Pod (The blowhard)||

    Title IX: The inquiry IS the punishment!

    Not a movie I would go see.

    And, I see Dick is living up to his name.

  • pan fried wylie||

    Title I-III were the only ones worth watching, I mean, c'mon, Carl Weathers AND Mr. T.

  • Lord at War||

    "I will break you"

  • Derpmaster General||

    I can't wait to see what sort of authoritarian hellfire the donald or hildawg will rain down upon 19 year olds via DOE/Title IX

  • SIV||

    If only some politician could get traction running against political correctness.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Obviously the only way to stop this is to escalate it. Initiate a Title IX complaint back against activists or anyone else until the threat of mutually assured destruction is achieved.

  • Princess Trigger||

    Yeah, just the threat of a Title IX investigation sounds pretty damn 'hostile' to me. I'm 500 miles away from Harvard and I'm feeling unsafe.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    I am kinda surprised the critics haven't already started a Title IX action against the movie backers. I don't know how freedom of speech would affect that. But I also suspect that the movie critics have better ethics than the movie backers and are reluctant to make such a bogus charge.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Part of me is going to enjoy watching these mother fuckers reap what they have spent their careers sowing, thinking all along that surely authoritarian cudgels such as this wouldn't be used against them.

    Part of me is wondering if the witch-hunt will end because the wrong sort of people have now been accused. Salem only stopped executing people when the girls pointed fingers at the wrong sorts of people.

  • MarkLastname||

    Unfortunately, I think the institutions involved are quite adept at making sure rules, policies, and standards are only applied to the 'wrong' sort of people. Many policies have been executed for decades that should have 'eaten their own' long ago but somehow only ever seem to get applied to certain groups of people.

    Of course, sooner or later they'll lose control of the situation much like the Chinese communist party lost control of the situation during the cultural revolution and many of its leaders found themselves being tramples by their own creation; but by that point, us 'reactionaries' will already be in work camps so it won't console me very much.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    What with the terrorism and all, maybe we can hope that there will be a higher threshold before people can say "I'm triggered! I'm feeling unsafe!" and still be taken seriously.

    I can dream.

  • MSimon||

    OH?Bummer!

  • Notorious UGCC||

    So, basically, you're saying that Harvard *isn't* hunting grounds for sexual predators?

    There go my vacation plans.

  • Autoclave||

    If a Title IX complaint were filed and an investigation launched, the professors wouldn’t be permitted to speak about it, as that could be considered “retaliation” against those who filed the complaint, which would violate the campus sexual-harassment policy.

    Kafka was born too early.

  • R C Dean||

    If a Title IX complaint were filed by the professors and an investigation launched, the professors students wouldn’t be permitted to speak about it, as that could be considered “retaliation” against those who filed the complaint, which would violate the campus sexual-harassment policy.

    Please, please, please.

    If these fuckers were threatening me, I think I'd file a pre-emptive Title IX complaint against them.

    A handful of students have professor has said that they feel he feels unsafe at Harvard because of the professors’ statement students' threats to silence him about the film.

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    Dear Colleague.

  • Lorenzo Valla||

    It will be interesting to see it happen. Harvard Law School lawyers would likely welcome it as a means to shed even more light on this nonsense.

  • cavalier973||

    I'm not letting my kids go to college.

    Online universities is the way to go.

  • BenMSYS||

    I wish I had an argument, but you are right.

  • masculistman||

    There are universities in other countries.

  • MarkLastname||

    How many years before this kind of policy is no longer just applied to university faculty members but to the general public?

  • masculistman||

    Give it a couple of months.

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