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Feminists Rally to Defense of Female Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Male Student

#MeToo madness: it's wrong to use Title IX, a feminist tool, "to take down a feminist."

RonnellScreenshot via YoutubeAvital Ronnell, a leading professor of feminist philosophy at New York University, has been forced to take a year off after NYU determined that she had sexually harassed a male student. If there's a stranger #MeToo story out there, I've yet to hear it.

Ronnell identifies as a lesbian; the student she is accused of harassing is gay, and now married to another man. Also extraordinary: many well-known feminists—including the legendary Judith Butler—came to Ronnell's defense, testifying to her "grace and keen wit" and demanding that she "receive a fair hearing." (Butler and co. taking the side of the accused in a sexual misconduct dispute would of course be unthinkable if the accused were male, as is usually the case.)

The New York Times reviewed excerpts of NYU's report on the matter. I have not seen this report, and thus I am reliant on the the Times' version. Unfortunately, I've learned not to entirely trust the Grey Lady on matters relating to Title IX, the federal statute that governs campus sexual misconduct trials. The assertions described in the story certainly sound like sexual harassment, but without knowing more I can't say whether there are mitigating contextual factors. Regardless, Ronnell's defenders are right that she was entitled to a fair hearing.

The accuser, Nimrod Reitman, claimed that Ronnell pressured him into an amorous relationship. She would visit him at his home, climb into bed with him, and force him to kiss and touch her. According to The Times:

In the semesters that followed, Mr. Reitman said he was expected to work with Professor Ronell, often at her apartment, during lengthy work sessions nearly every weekend. Professor Ronell frequently detailed her affection and longing for him, according to emails from her that Mr. Reitman provided to The New York Times.

"I woke up with a slight fever and sore throat," she wrote in an email on June 16, 2012, after the Paris trip. "I will try very hard not to kiss you — until the throat situation receives security clearance. This is not an easy deferral!" In July, she wrote a short email to him: "time for your midday kiss. my image during meditation: we're on the sofa, your head on my lap, stroking you [sic] forehead, playing softly with yr hair, soothing you, headache gone. Yes?"

In a submission to the Title IX office, Professor Ronell said she had no idea Mr. Reitman was so uncomfortable until she read the investigators' report.

NYU's Policy on Consensual Intimate Relationships prohibits "sexual, dating, or romantic relationships" between professors and graduate students who are in the same discipline or academic program, and between a faculty advisor and their advisee. The responsibility for not engaging in such behavior rests solely with the professor, according to the policy. It would seem fairly clear Ronnell is in violation of it.

Of greatest interest to me, though, is this comment from a defender of Ronnell:

Diane Davis, chair of the department of rhetoric at the University of Texas-Austin, who also signed the letter to the university supporting Professor Ronell, said she and her colleagues were particularly disturbed that, as they saw it, Mr. Reitman was using Title IX, a feminist tool, to take down a feminist.

"I am of course very supportive of what Title IX and the #MeToo movement are trying to do, of their efforts to confront and to prevent abuses, for which they also seek some sort of justice," Professor Davis wrote in an email. "But it's for that very reason that it's so disappointing when this incredible energy for justice is twisted and turned against itself, which is what many of us believe is happening in this case."

In this woman's deeply unprincipled view, it's wrong to use Title IX against a member of the feminist left. And we were supposed to believe that Gloria Steinem's "one free grope" rule had been consigned to the dustbin of history! How can it be said that Title IX is really about ending gender-based discrimination, if it's wrong to use Title IX to protect men from sexual harassment?

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  • Eddy||

    Indeed, this case is a serious matter, and both sides are entitled to a fair hearing, both the alleged offender and the accuser, Nimrod Reitman.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Nimrod brought this all upon himself fair and square!!!

    Just tell him to STOP being such a Nimrod, and crazy bitches be stoppin' the craziness!!!!

  • Mickey Rat||

    He should stop being a mighty hunter?

  • SQRLSY One||

    Wow, ye edumacated me today, I had to look it up... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrod ...

    OK then yes, Nimrod was a mighty hunter! Did not know that! Biblical, of all things!!!

    I aspire to be a mighty white hunter myself... The closest I get to being that these days is drinking Jagermeister when I feel profligate... Hunting a good-tasting buzz, is about the most hunting that I do...

    I want to be a BIBLICALLY BLESSED Nimrod then I guess, all things considered!!!

  • Mickey Rat||

    But Nimrod is an Old Testament baddie, the enemy of Abraham, who traditionally built the Tower of Babel.

  • Quixote||

    These accusations by Dr. "Reitman" are of course outrageous. All of those who signed the letter defending our dear friend and colleague Avital are to be lauded for their courage, but let us give a special word of thanks to our former dean Catharine Stimpson—who, incidentally, also stood up for principle at New York's leading criminal "parody" trial, where she eloquently helped the jurors understand that forms of irony, sarcasm and performance that cross the line must not be tolerated in the universities of our great nation. See the documentation at:

    https://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  • GILMORE™||

    ""the legendary Judith Butler""

    to anyone who has actually read Judith Butler's stuff, describing her as 'legendary' sounds as silly and ditzy as anyone applying that label to Jordan Peterson.

    I encourage anyone to scroll to anywhere in the middle, and start reading

    http://lauragonzalez.com/TC/BU.....rouble.pdf

  • ||

    In fairness, while a lot of her stuff doesn't really stand up to scrutiny, right or wrong she has been far more influential than Jordan Peterson will ever be. Enough to make her hypocrisy very noteworthy.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    far more influential than Jordan Peterson will ever be.

    You'd have to define that.

  • ||

    You'd have to define that.

    Central to a whole body of scholarship that takes her work as its central principle. Jordan Peterson is good at getting publicity, but I can all but guarantee that in ten years it'll be "Jordan who?"

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That seems fair.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    You're having professor bias. You took her very class. You are overly influenced by her career.

    From an outside perspective, I've never heard of this woman but I have heard of JP.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That's why I wanted [ ] = O to give a definition. I think that one could reasonably argue Jordan Peterson is "in the moment" and might not have a great influence on the academic area of his study. I've heard of Judith Butler and while I would agree most people haven't compared to Jordan Peterson, it seems reasonable that Butler has "contributed" a lot to the field of... gender studies.

    From a scientific standpoint, I'm not sure how much Peterson has "contributed" in provisional knowledge to his field. He is a highly intelligent man who has a great depth of knowledge about his field but those are two different things.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I understand the place [ ] = O is coming from. Butler probably does have a larger list of academic works attributed to her than Peterson; but that could oh so easily be forgotten texts gathering dust on a library shelf years down the road.

  • ||

    but that could oh so easily be forgotten texts gathering dust on a library shelf years down the road.

    Yes, but even so I think in 100 years people will look back and see Judith Butler as a central figure of turn-of-the-century intellectual culture even if her ideas are ultimately consigned to the dustbin. I don't think in 100 years Jordan Peterson will even be a footnote. He's an advocate for certain unpopular ideas that get him attention, but I have never heard of anything noteworthy he himself has done.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    As the saying goes, "Who reads Spencer?" But more importantly, can anyone name someone who said that saying in an academic setting?

  • ||

    ^ This.

    I was not talking about Ronnell. Butler's work is influential and more nuanced than many people realize, even if, as I say, it doesn't always stand up to close scrutiny.

    Ronnell is a buffoon, and I've known peers of hers who have a very dismissive attitude toward her and her work.

  • ||

    "This" being what Paul said.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    But you pointed at me! Freudian slips reveal your true thighs.

  • ||

    But you have to admit they are some pretty sexy thighs.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    #METOOMETOO!

  • ravenshrike||

    The phrases "scientific standpoint" and "gender studies" don't belong in the same zipcode, let alone the same internet post.

  • NashTiger||

    So, the first 'barber' to put a leech on a cancer or tuberculosis patient was far more influential to medicine than Ibn al-Nafis

  • John C. Randolph||

    Central to a whole body of scholarship

    Scholarship, or bullshit pseudointellectual wanking?

    -jcr

  • Nardz||

    ^This (jcr)

  • Will Seth||

    i vote wanking

  • BillyG||

    In fairness, while a lot of her stuff doesn't really stand up to scrutiny, right or wrong she has been far more influential than Jordan Peterson will ever be. Enough to make her hypocrisy very noteworthy.

    I'm not sure hypocrisy is the correct term here. I would use Double Standards or Bigotry instead.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I've never seen anyone write so much about so little.

  • John I||

    "Perhaps trouble need not carry such a negative valence"

    That's an extremely pretentious way to make a really banal point

  • ||

    That's an extremely pretentious way to make a really banal point

    Welcome to Critical Theory.

  • BYODB||

    With effort, writing can become an absolute impediment to understanding.

    It's also usually a sign that someone has nothing to say.

  • perlchpr||

    Wow, that's some hardcore word salad.

    All hail the Butlerian Jihad.

  • Random Axe Of Kindness||

    I had to login for the first time in forever to express my utter shock that the Title IX defenders aren't principled, and instead just intended it to be used as a club against men. I mean, who could possibly have predicted that outcome?
    Incredibly, utterly, shocking.

  • Aloysious||

    Since you are new, would you rather be slandered as Tulpa, or Mary Stack?

  • perlchpr||

    Maybe he's a BUCS sock, like me.

  • Happy Chandler||

    I'm a sock for Bart Giamatti.

  • Dillinger||

    fuck Bart Giamatti.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    What *kind* of sock did he mean?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Jizz covered.

  • Random Axe Of Kindness||

    Can't I be Hihn? I'm less new than perpetually inactive, however.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Well, all Hihn's 'new' sock puppets are awfully good at html bold.

    No bold from you, so you've been cleared.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    If you were Hihn a simple water board cyber bullying test would be enough to make the mask slip.

  • perlchpr||

    Hihn was just a 'bot, so, by having enough self-awareness to ask the question you've demonstrated that you're not.

    I'll be damned though, if I can ever figure out what possessed someone to create a robot for shitposting and goat sodomy in the first place.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    I'll be damned though, if I can ever figure out what possessed someone to create a robot for shitposting and goat sodomy in the first place.

    Well like all great stories I imagine it began with "Hold my beer".

  • Aloysious||

    I'm less new than perpetually inactive, however.

    Sounds like a Weigal.

    BOO! BOO! HISS! BOO!

  • sharmota4zeb||

    You can be Shammai or Hillel. Apparently, everyone has to join a house.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    I'm starting to be accused of being LC1789.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Who?

  • Hugh Akston||

    I'm going to withhold judgement until I know for sure whether Crusty would.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    A simple mind might say Crusty would 'would' anyone; but I know him to be a man of culture and I see a hard pass for this creature.

  • ||

    I had an upper division seminar with Ronnell as an undergrad. Believe me, you don't even want to get sucked into a casual conversation with her, let alone any sort of extended intimate encounter. Imagine the worst stereotype you can of the elitist, self-righteous, passive-aggressive, "Post-Structuralist Feminist" and you've probably still not done her justice.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    This sounds like a great opener to a Penthouse Forum post.

  • ||

    "I never thought these letters were true . . ."

  • sharmota4zeb||

    She was the only one who could pull off a striptease with "Sit Still, Look Pretty" playing in the background. The music started blasting in response to her voice command right after she told me that she doesn't own any dogs. Why did I ask her how many dogs she owns? Because I sneaked a peek at what was in her kitchen draw when she was reapplying her lipstick.

  • Rubbish!||

    "it's so disappointing when this incredible energy for justice is twisted and turned against itself"

    Silly girl. Dr. Frankenstein thought he could control the monster too.

  • Vernon Depner||

    The inevitable end game of Identity Politics is atomized individuals at their own personal "intersections" devouring each other. Just make some popcorn and enjoy it.

  • Cathy L||

    But individualism would be good.

  • A 4 year old||

    You left your shit at my place.

  • Cathy L||

    Sand in the puppethole again, I see.

  • A 4 year old||

    So wash? And then come pick up your shit.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    GET YOUR SHIT CATHY L!

  • Vernon Depner||

    individualism would be good.

    But, ironically, it's the ultimate destination of Special Snowflakes who consider themselves collectivists.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    But in a weird way, it is the opposite of indiviudalism, at least by intent. It may boil down to a single human, but only as defined by a myriad of groups and categories.

  • Brandybuck||

    Her problem is that she thinks "justice" means something other than what it really means. And she's a chair of a department of rhetoric no less!

  • Eddy||

    Rhetoric ought to be taught - not necessarily by this woman, but it's a valid subject. Even below the college level.

  • lap83||

    "incredible energy" - justice should be like a great yoga sesh
    "twisted and turned against itself" - but sometimes great yoga turns bad

  • Vernon Depner||

    "twisted and turned against itself"—applied universally, which is not what they ever intended. See my comment below.

  • Vernon Depner||

    "Justice" as in "social justice" mean justice in the sense of behaving correctly, not justice in the sense of getting even when one has been wronged.

  • Necron 99||

    Feminists Rally to Defense of Female Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Male Student

    This just in, water is wet.

  • Longtobefree||

    Only if the water identifies as wet, you science denier.

  • Vernon Depner||

    Leftists make no pretense of holding universally applicable principles. They live in a world of Us and Them. The rules and standards for Them are not and are not supposed to be the same as the rules and standards for Us. They are unprincipled and dangerously wrong, but they are not hypocrites.

  • Qsl||

    Iffy.

    If it is every man for himself, it is the the essence of hypocrisy to think there would be acquiescence to rules defined by somebody else. The rules don't need to be universally applicable, but you need at least buy-in from the other side.

    And at least when the left cannibalized its own at merely the inference of impropriety, it was internally self-consistent. You could argue the end effects lead to nowhere good, but that was the tact they chose to take. So be it.

    But now you have a breakdown of consistency and a blatant admission that it was less about ending sexual violence and more about elevating women.

    That takes the whole of the MeToo movement and debases it from righteous social movement to social manipulation at the same time there is a parallel movement whose legacy in part is blacks hanging from trees for daring to look upon a white woman.

    Self-destruct in 3... 2... 1...

    And with that 3rd wave feminism becomes a footnote of bad ideas that briefly held public consciousness, like the Satanism scare and macrame.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    How can they defend this person? Her behavior is suggesting that, lesbian or not, no woman is complete without a man!

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    She has to power in the relationship though; it's a win for matriarchy.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    To be honest, most of what is wrong with a woman can always be solved by a good long, deep dicking. Success will have been achieved when the recently dicked broad instinctively goes to the kitchen and begins baking pies for the menfolk.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    You sound like my ex-wife, Last of the Shitlords.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Before, or after her dicking?

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Before the dicking. I was in graduate school and working a side job to make ends meet. That meant she often had to wait for sex until I could find the time to fit it into our schedule.

  • Eddy||

    Hot, sweaty, feminist sex...there's probably a porn site for that, but if you think I'm going to check, you're nuts.

  • General_Tso||

    Go on...

  • lap83||

    the sweaty part comes from the fact that they're trying to normalize plus-size bodies and they only use natural & organic deodorant

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Dude, yesterday, I was in the Poconos and saw a Main Street shop with a wide selection of condoms, dildos, vibrators, and porn DVD's. The lube collection included hemp oils. I bought a box of banana brand condoms. I had fireworks within a couple of hours after that.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    more plz!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I've learned not to entirely trust the Grey Lady on matters relating to Title IX, the federal statute that governs campus sexual misconduct trials. The assertions described in the story certainly sound like sexual harassment, but without knowing more I can't say whe

    We prefer the more woke "Grey Bitch" when referring to the Times.

  • Longtobefree||

    "All the news that fits, we print"

  • BYODB||

    I take offense at referring to an American outlet using the English grey.

    -Said No One

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    "time for your midday kiss. my image during meditation: we're on the sofa, your head on my lap, stroking you [sic] forehead, playing softly with yr hair, soothing you, headache gone. Yes?"

    Chicka-wow...

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    "But it's for that very reason that it's so disappointing when this incredible energy for justice is twisted and turned against itself, which is what many of us believe is happening in this case."

    Not much of a student of history, are we, sweet-cheeks?

  • lap83||

    "until the throat situation receives security clearance."

    these euphemisms are getting pretty bureaucratic

  • Vernon Depner||

    There's probably a porn site for that.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    I sort of skimmed over that paragraph at first. When I read "sore throat" and "morning" I thought the text was going to go in a different direction.

  • John I||

    The real criminals in this story are the parents who named their son Nimrod

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Better or worse than Sue?

  • Vernon Depner||

    I'd say Nimrod himself is the one who should be offended.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Maybe that's why he's gay - to get back at his parents for naming him Nimrod.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    I would suspect Nimrod is not a given name, but one taken in his rebirth.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Could have just went with "Hunter", but they had to be all classical.

  • SIV||

    He grew up to be a homo women's studies major. They should've named him "Sue".

  • Vernon Depner||

    If a man with a vagina is married to a man, does xi count as a homo?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    a leading professor of feminist philosophy

    As a student of philosophy I'm ready to die; fade me fam.

    This is no different than being a professor of Black Ethics -- which sounds way cooler and I'm sure that dude would also be embroiled in a IX case.

  • KevinP||

    The dark cloud of the War Against Women is forever hovering over Republicans but usually manages to land on Progressives and Democrats.

    New Yorker: Four Women Accuse New York's Democratic Attorney General of Physical Abuse


    Quotes:
    Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, has long been a liberal Democratic champion of women's rights, and recently he has become an outspoken figure in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment... As his prominence as a voice against sexual misconduct has risen, so, too, has the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters. They accuse Schneiderman of having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence. All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women. They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish and Selvaratnam categorize the abuse he inflicted on them as "assault." They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Semi-related pro-tip: When a man proudly proclaims he's a feminist, I usually presume he's trapping women in broom closets and forcing them to watch him masturbate.

  • The_Hoser||

    Yes, I also enjoy the work of Louis CK.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>Ronnell identifies as a lesbian; the student she is accused of harassing is gay, and now married to another man.

    if you don't do me like you don't want to do me and I really don't want you to do me anyway...you'll fail the class?

  • ||

    if you don't do me like you don't want to do me and I really don't want you to do me anyway...you'll fail the class?

    Actually, at least when I took her class, she was obsessed enough with sadism, masochism, addiction, and Jacques Lacan that this is not at all an implausible characterization. She probably told herself she was striking important blows to the Patriarchal Paradigm as the reason she was compelled to do it.

  • Dillinger||

    cool. all hail Dionysus! I'm in ha

  • NoVaNick||

    Ah-Lacan! I took a class on his work, which can basically be summarized as: All women want is your dick...I guess that is especially true of this lady.

  • NoVaNick||

    Lacan also came up with the idea that men knew that women wanted to steal their dicks (castration complex), so they all wanted to bone their moms because they felt safe with them, or something like that (maybe I am confusing Lacan with Freud here)

  • ||

    maybe I am confusing Lacan with Freud here

    Same diff - Lacan considered himself nothing if not an interpreter of Freud.

    I liked Derrida's fairly withering attack on Lacan, which was, in so many words, that you cannot "possess" a "lack." Lacan treats the absence of a thing as a thing itself.

    Ronnell made a big point about how intellectually heroic she was for making a "feminism" that combined Lacan's rather phallocentric thinking with Derrida's "Deconstruction" to make something that . . . made no sense, really.

  • NoVaNick||

    to make something that . . . made no sense, really.
    That describes probably 99% of the humanities-especially English Lit, philosophy, and gender/race/media studies. Sad that profs are paid very well to research and teach this garbage.

  • Vernon Depner||

    Fortunately, profs being paid well is becoming a thing of the past. Increasingly, PhDs with fluffy majors are being consigned to a life as struggling adjunct faculty, if they're able to stay in academia at all.

  • NoVaNick||

    But there are enough well-paid tenured professors in these areas to attract grad students, who teach the classes, then go on to become the struggling adjuncts you describe. This Romnell lady is tenured.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Sometimes I possess a great lack of fucks to give about certain things.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    This reminds me of the cyber-relationship I had with a guy that turned a bit too S&M, but it was raceplay instead of the gender wars.

  • John C. Randolph||

    So, she's not just a pretentious pervert, she's a delusional, predatory pretentious pervert? Is that the gist of it?

    -jcr

  • Homple||

    There once was a queer from Khartoum
    Took a lesbian up to his room
    They argued all night
    Over who had the right
    To do what, with which and to whom.

  • Dillinger||

    damn funny, homple
    love poetry on the fly
    +1 if it's yours

  • John C. Randolph||

    It's a rather old limerick. I heard it at least 20 years ago.

    -jcr

  • BILKER||

    i once heard that was attributed to W. H. Auden.
    seriously i can't stop laughing

  • tommhan||

    She probably scared the straight out of him.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Oye, maybe I should not have put a pair of panties in the bag I left for a neighbor at his workplace today. Ah well, next time he exists my car, he should remember to bring his glasses with him. ;)

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Principals > Principles.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    In this woman's deeply unprincipled view, it's wrong to use Title IX against a member of the feminist left.

    This reminds me of the "I would give Clinton a blowjob" defense feminists made when I was an undergraduate.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Which Clinton?

  • NashTiger||

    George

  • perlchpr||

    Either.

  • BILKER||

    prolly helliary

  • Sevo||

    No!!!!!!!!
    Not hypocrisy on the left!

  • Microaggressor||

    Robby, this piece is awfully one-sided. To be sure, you won't be getting any more cocktail party invitations. Distrusting the NYT is passing the unforgivable shitlord threshold.

  • BYODB||


    How can it be said that Title IX is really about ending gender-based discrimination, if it's wrong to use Title IX to protect men from sexual harassment?


    It was about that when women were trying to get the right to vote, pretty much every generation since then have used it to get preferential treatment. Go ahead and take a quick look at how many more women go to college than men, and wonder what 'sexism' exactly these women are fighting.


    And yes, it's becoming incredibly obvious that all of these systems of punishment were always intended to be weapons only one side could use. We might simply ask what, in particular, feminists have against transgender people. Right? That's how this works isn't it, now that men can be women and women can be men?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Women want to be just like men except they biologically cant.

    Penis envy.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Soave does realize that the people who advocate this think women cannot be sexist for similar reasons that they say blacks cannot be racist? They have rationalized themselves into a position where these things are not contradictions.

  • JunkScienceIsJunk||

    More hangups about sex. That's all it is. We are scared to death of it, especially Americans. We can orchestrate book-burnings (figurative ones... as an example, see Louis CK and his name being ripped away from all of his creations, even those that are still on the air). But at the end of the day it's about concocting an excuse to attack sex. Male privilege, discrimination, corporate power struggles, gender gaps, etc are all just excuses. The real target is sex.

    If they weren't excuses, the same outrage would exist for ALL forms of privilege that traverse the corporate hierarchy. For example, if it wasn't about fear of sex, we would be equally outraged when bosses ask their employees to pal around with them outside work (which may occur because of fear of reprisal and is super awkward to watch for those of us who have witnessed it). Or when subordinates offer the boss tickets to the ball game in an attempt to gain their good graces. It happens all the time and nobody gives a shit about the power dynamic that exists.

    The democrats are no strangers to attacking sex and other "unsavory" activities. Remember, it was Tipper Gore who fought so hard for censorship of dirty music and movies in the 90s. At present, the democrats are steadfast supporters of the war on prostitution, which Reason has written about.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    MAGA

  • sharmota4zeb||

    The way progressives see it, we can't have progressive evolution in our society if getting laid is so easy that even low income people can do it.

  • Ben of Houston||

    Robby, while this is decent reporting, why did you not attempt to get the primary source? Did you have a half-hour deadline? Why would you rely on a source that is known to be unreliable?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Follow-up question, why is Reason becoming the View?

  • Vernon Depner||

    Chemtrails are suppressing testosterone levels.

  • BILKER||

    not becoming, always has been.

  • mtrueman||

    "Robby, while this is decent reporting"

    Real journalists at least attempt to contact those involved with the story. Even if they have to use a telephone.

  • confusedinSeattle||

    I have not quite got wrapped my hands around how the power relationships and critical theory apply in a case like this. Does the male student have the power and therefore in the wrong here? Does his sexual preference (gay) mean the female has more power? Does her status as a lesbian change that? If the student is white (like the professor), is that a wash and not a factor? Are the professor's alleged wrongful actions mitigated because she is a female and therefore at a power disadvantage? Why are we labeling it "harassment"? If a male professor climbed in bed with a female student, would we label it as "harassment"? Sure are a lot of things to consider in this story. The filters through which I am instructed to view this conduct seem foggy. Please help!!

  • ||

    Also, just as importantly, which one is more qualified to play the part of Batwoman?

  • BILKER||

    don't have an answer for you except you're in seattle. lord love a duck!

  • majil||

    She had to get a gay guy. Any straight guy that would fuck her is too lazy to jack off.

  • Schiziodman21||

    HA! +1

  • ||

    NYU's Policy on Consensual Intimate Relationships prohibits "sexual, dating, or romantic relationships" between professors and graduate students who are in the same discipline or academic program, and between a faculty advisor and their advisee. The responsibility for not engaging in such behavior rests solely with the professor, according to the policy. It would seem fairly clear Ronnell is in violation of it.

    And that Title IX has fuck all to do with it. The fact that there might be some Title IX hearing just shows that these are absolutely social engineering kangaroo proceedings from every angle. Not only can Title IX revoke the education and ruin the careers of whomever its enemies are, it offers a life preserver to its friends who've been (rightly) accused.

    I mean, this should be as simple as finding the (potentially University-owned) email servers that contain the pillow talk or otherwise verify that Ronnell sent the email and close the book.

  • Longtobefree||

    Time for all of this to go away.
    What gender they are is now a variable, and therefore irrelevant.
    Their sexual orientation is has become a multiple choice variable, and therefore irrelevant.
    If words can be violence, words can also be sex, so sex is irrelevant.
    College is not a learning environment and is therefore irrelevant.
    This is playing out on social media, and is therefore irrelevant.
    So nothing to see here, move along.

  • Desmond Ravenstone||

    In years past, I knew of principled feminists who asserted both that sexual harassment or abuse could occur in any constellation of genders (male-on-female, male-on-male, female-on-male, female-on-female, etc.) and that those accused still deserved a fair hearing. Some are still speaking out against the extremes now being perpetrated in the name of #MeToo … but they seem dangerously fewer and farther between.

  • Enemy of the State||

    Nimrod? Sounds like he had it coming. Shit, can I say that?

  • mtrueman||

    "In this woman's deeply unprincipled view, it's wrong to use Title IX against a member of the feminist left. "

    She's standing by a friend. Nothing unprincipled about that. Nobody is stopping you from using the title to attack men or women.

  • gagster||

    She's standing by a friend. Nothing unprincipled about that.

    Wow. You really don't know what unprincipled means, do you? Standing by a friend who has done something that you would condemn others for is the very definition of unprincipled.

  • John C. Randolph||

    professor of feminist philosophy

    Obviously her "career" of promulgating man-hating hogwash wasn't satisfying her, so she took it upon herself to coerce a gay guy into a sexual relationship to try to convince herself that she was worth something as a woman. What a pitiful failure.

    -jcr

  • mtrueman||

    If you want to get some familiarity to critical theory, I recommend Edward Said's Orientalism. The breadth of his knowledge is pretty impressive. I believe Said was noted for introducing Michel Foucault to American readers. Orientalism is a timely work and we often discuss aspects of it here in the comments. Tony Judt's essay "The Rootless Cosmopolitan," available on the net, might be a good introduction. These butlerite feminists can be extremely tough going.

  • Weygand||

    OT:

    Say It Ain't So has to be Weezer's best song. Fucking epic song.

  • tommhan||

    Leftists are shameless and these nutty feminists do not care about fairness and hate men. They are disgusting.

  • Ama-Gi Anarchist||

    The accuser, Nimrod Reitman, claimed that Ronnell pressured him into an amorous relationship. She would visit him at his home, climb into bed with him, and force him to kiss and touch her.

    I just threw up in my mouth after reading that...

    In other news, Social Media sites are starting to ramp up their banning/suspending of anyone NOT in the Leftard end of the political spectrum. Anarchyball got accused of being a hate monger account. The canary in the coal mine is choking to death and I think the tech giants want to control the narrative completely for the coming midterms.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Perhaps she's not a lesbian. Perhaps she wants penis and hates herself for it. People who hate themselves are quite unpleasant.

  • vek||

    Awesome. Hold them to their own standards! This is one of the ways we might get them to return to sanity on some issues.

  • Vernon Depner||

    Nope. As I pointed out above, they have no problem with setting differing standards for others than for themselves. They are completely guileless about it. "No, those are the rules for YOU, silly!"

  • Miter Broller||

    Change the name to Title IX-ish.

  • Schiziodman21||

    +1

  • MaleMatters||

    More and more feminists are revealing themselves to be less concerned about seeking gender equality and fairness than about waging war on men.

    "A Comprehensive Look at Gender Equality: The Doctrinaire Institute for Women's Policy Research" www.malemattersusa.wordpress.c.....-research/

    Recommended video: A talk by gender expert Warren Farrell at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvGVGKjgy4

  • BILKER||

    I can't stop laughing.

  • Libertarian Jim||

    The article doesn't even tell us how Nimrod was dressed. How can we possibly draw any conclusions?

  • Headache||

    Is the photo the image of the gay guy or the lesbian professor?

    In any case that person should get a new hair stylist.

  • Longtobefree||

    Generally, photos along Reason articles are unrelated to anything. Hard to tell if this is an exception.

  • Schiziodman21||

    So there are a lot of people making assumptions here about Jordan Peterson who obviously haven't read his books or listened to his entire lecture series from his own classroom in his field - clinical psychology. Clearly they've listened to his youtube videos challenging the new Canadian law surrounding the required use of personal pronouns for any and all of the myriad "gender" catagories..His current book is #1 bestseller on Amazon.

    Does Judith Bulter have a #1 bestseller? I've never heard of her. Case in point - "In fairness, while a lot of her stuff doesn't really stand up to scrutiny, right or wrong she has been far more influential than Jordan Peterson will ever be. Enough to make her hypocrisy very noteworthy." WTF!

    Or this: "Yes, but even so I think in 100 years people will look back and see Judith Butler as a central figure of turn-of-the-century intellectual culture even if her ideas are ultimately consigned to the dustbin. I don't think in 100 years Jordan Peterson will even be a footnote. He's an advocate for certain unpopular ideas that get him attention, but I have never heard of anything noteworthy he himself has done."

    Clinical psychology is a real field of study - as compared to gender studies which is nothing more than made up BS that has taken over the humanities depts. of most if not all Universities. Let's see what kind of job a person can get with a degree in gender studies.

  • wreckinball||

    Title IX is gender neutral, wink wink,. Just like the Civil Rights Act is race neutral, wink wink,.

    Of course not silly. Title IX is used only to address real and imagined offenses against females not the reverse. The CRA is the same for real and imagined offenses against blacks not the reverse.

    Put her through the same Title IX kangaroo court system that the guys get

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