His class set off a series of firecrackers in my understanding of books, ideas whose impact I can still recollect vividly.
Perhaps it’s possible to separate the thrill of encountering a fascinating mind from the fizz of libido, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want to.
Then she wrote about Exactly what happened between the philosophy professor and his two students is not all that material to Kipnis’s argument: She is more concerned that the new university strictures permit only one view of student-faculty relationships, when in fact, like most human connections, they sprawl across a bewildering spectrum.
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These and other revisions of university codes followed the announcement last year that the Department of Education would be investigating 55 colleges and universities for “possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
(Harvard was found to have failed to comply with Title IX in responding to such accusations.).
In particular, this model invalidates the student’s own desire and self-determination.
Like a drunk person or a child, a student, by definition, cannot consent to a tryst with a faculty member.Instead, it came as I stepped into the women’s restroom afterward, just in time to overhear two of my fellow classmates rhapsodizing over how cute the professor was, with particular attention lavished on his long, slightly bowed, denim-clad legs.I was naïve enough to be a bit shocked that girls my age would talk that way about such an exalted figure.That species of desire makes ideas feel more vitally connected to our bodily lives and tells us that passions can be spurred by qualities deeper than six-pack abs.Whether students or their teachers should ever act on such desires, however, has never been an untroubled question.She feels that prohibitions on faculty-student dating are paternalistic and part of an increasing tendency to infantilize students as preposterously fragile “trauma cases waiting to happen,” rather than as adults acquiring the experience that will enable them to navigate a rough-and-tumble world.