Daily Archives: November 7, 2015

Laura Kipnis On How Campus Feminism Infantilizes Women…


Date: November 07, 2015

01) Laura Kipnis On How Campus Feminism Infantilizes Women


“What now gets labeled feminism on [college] campuses,” says Northwestern University Professor Laura Kipnis, “has to do with dialing back a lot the progress women have made establishing ourselves as consenting adults.”

That was the main argument of an essay Kipnis published this past February in The Chronicle of Higher Education, titled, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.” After the article appeared, the Northwestern campus erupted in protest. Students demonstrated by carrying mattresses and pillows and wrote a public letter accusing Kipnis of “[spitting] in the face of survivors of rape and sexual assault everywhere.”

Then two students filed complaints with the university, and Northwestern brought Kipnis up on charges under Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination on college campuses that receive federal support. The charges were later dismissed, but not before Kipnis wrote a follow up essay in Chronicle, “My Title IX Inquisition.”

Last week, Kipnis sat down with Reason’s Matt Welch to talk about campus feminism, Title IX, why Hustler’s Larry Flynt and anti-porn activist Andrea Dworkin have a lot in common, and her recent book, Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation.”

I’ve been thinking for some time now…that what is going on today, which has taken over the main stage of feminism…we should not even be calling it feminism…because it is something different.

…It’s what has arrived and filled the vacuum, once feminism attained it’s primary goals…and ceased having any honest direction to move in…to justify it’s continuation.

That doesn’t mean I think they should have rested on their laurels, but it’s like I was suggesting last month…maybe it was time for feminism to morph into something broader…something more inclusive. Maybe it was time to put the official feminist movement to rest…and some new association should have evolved?

Instead…we’ve now got this mess…this so called “third wave” feminism…which appears to be all about hyperbolic, fanaticism…and endless tantrum throwing…over largely imagined and manufactured “problems”.

I am not against classic feminism…I never have been…

…But I cant do anything except denounce this “third wave” nonsense…This is not a good thing.