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user1490125033 Wed 22-Mar-17 12:43:27

Laura Kipnis - self-described feminist academic brought up on Title 9 violation for creating 'chilling effect' on US campus with controversial article, though eventually cleared. Wondered what people think. Read two of her books which I really liked, but not sure what to make of this. Raises some provocative questions at least.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Wed 22-Mar-17 14:38:26

I'm not sure she is a feminist. Had a little poke about and she seems to be a kind of professional contrarian, like Katie Hopkins or Ann Coulter.

user1490125033 Wed 22-Mar-17 14:57:48

That seems a bit of an unfair comparison. She is an intellectual and a published academic, while Ann Coulter is mad and Katie Hopkins is a racist tabloid hate peddler.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Thu 23-Mar-17 09:02:15

But she definitely does seem to be, as I said, a professional contrarian. Explore - as I did - three different videos. She is a professional talking head on "the battle of the sexes".

LassWiTheDelicateAir Thu 23-Mar-17 23:42:56

This is her wiki entry . Whilst the student protest against her sounded like a lot of spoilt brats being precious her own world seems so divorced from the reality of the everyday world outside academe I struggle to care.

user1490125033 Fri 24-Mar-17 08:50:06

I think everyone's quite divorced from the world outside their own world.

Xenophile Fri 24-Mar-17 11:20:39

"Porn's great as long as you watch it in the right way" "If you're dating a professor, he can't sexually assault you" "campus rape isn't a thing"

I have necessarily paraphrased, but these are views she has expressed and not a single one of them is a feminist idea that I'd recognise. While I agree that not every action of a feminist is feminist in content, and therefore we shouldn't judge feminists on everything they do and say. However, the ideas that Kipnis is writing about and making money from are inherently antifeminist and actually damaging to women.

If the articles written about her in the case of the Title IX case are correct, then I have no idea how she won. I would say that her winning is super for her but not quite so good for women on campuses.

Being an intellectual and published academic doesn't make you feminist. Richard Dawkins is a published academic and a massive misogynist. As is Baron-Cohen.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Sun 26-Mar-17 21:33:23

Well said, Xenophile.

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