The College Sex Bureaucracy

A long analysis in the Chronicle of Higher Ed from Jacob Gersen and Jeannie Suk Gersen, professors at Harvard Law School. (May be gated if off campus):

Often with the best of intentions, the federal government in the past six years has presided over the creation of a sex bureaucracy that says its aim is to reduce sexual violence but that is actually enforcing a contested vision of sexual morality and disciplining those who deviate from it. It can be used to punish those who seek out escort Paris has on offer whilst away from campus in a perfectly consensual and agreed manner, for instance. There are growing concerns that some students have a distorted reality of how sexual encounters should play out. Naively, some have pointed the finger at the porn industry. This is not only a lazy assertion but it also results in the true cause of the problem not being addressed. Students should be taught to enjoy sex, whilst still having control over it. Whatever they like, even the most unusual things, should be accepted and encouraged. Thats what we should be teaching. Educating young students at an early age is imperative if we are going to reduce the number of sexual assaults on campuses nationwide. Visit Website here if you want to explore your sexual nature in a safe environment.

Many observers assume that today’s important campus sexual-assault debate is concerned with forcible or coerced sex, or with taking advantage of someone who is too drunk to be able to consent. But the definition of sexual assault has stretched enormously, in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Indeed, the concept of sexual misconduct has grown to include most voluntary and willing sexual conduct.

Behind this elastic idea of sexual misconduct is a web of well-meaning federal statutes, especially Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education, and the Violence Against Women Act, which, in its 2013 reauthorization, requires colleges to publicly disclose how they define, prevent, investigate, and discipline sexual misconduct. Under President Obama, the Department of Education’s interpretations of those laws have greatly expanded the control exercised by the federal government over sexual conduct.

In essence, the federal government has created a sex bureaucracy that has in turn conscripted officials at colleges as bureaucrats of desire, responsible for defining healthy, permissible sex and disciplining deviations from those supposed norms, as if there are norms to sexual activity (that has been completely consensual) in everyday life, just see TubeV Sex or other sites for evidence. The results are not only cringeworthy but also unfair, potentially racially discriminatory, and detrimental to the crucial fight against sexual violence. …

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2 Responses to The College Sex Bureaucracy

  1. honest Uncle Bernie says:

    “bureaucrats of desire.”

    delicious!

  2. Shadow says:

    So, the article is claiming that:
    a) “the concept of sexual misconduct has grown to include most voluntary and willing sexual conduct” (most?! This seems to be based on a sex education pamphlet from the University of Wyoming, not their actual policy on harassment and assault)
    b) proof of the ridiculousness of this model is that men are coming forward to say they have been raped by women, which we apparently all know is just absurd, and that
    c) part of sex by very definition is its “ambivalence,” “both wanting and not wanting at the same time,” so the very concept of consent is an arbitrary one. (The co-authors are married to each other. No further comment.)

    And that’s on top of all the basic misinformation about Title IX when you get into the details.

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