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Title IX: feminism, sex and censorship on campus - American University

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The fight for free speech on campus once went hand in hand with the fight for sexual freedom. College women in the Fifties were not only patronized intellectually, they were kept under lock and key – for fear of what might happen if they were allowed to run free.

Today, colleges’ preoccupation with fighting sexism and sexual-assault seems to be rehabilitating that climate. Title IX rules aimed at ending sexist discrimination have been extended. Colleges are dealing with more and more sexual-assault cases, often with little evidence and overly broad definitions of sexual assault. And academics are being disciplined for supposedly discriminatory speech. One feminist scholar was investigated under Title IX for writing an article criticizing Title IX.

Has the fight against sexism become unfocused and censorious? Are college campuses unsafe for women? Or are women being infantilized?

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Elizabeth Nolan Brown is associate editor at Reason magazine, where she covers policy, culture and current events from a libertarian and feminist perspective. She has written for publications including Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast and Fox News. @ENBrown

Robert L Shibley is executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and the author of Twisting Title IX. Since starting at FIRE in 2003, he has worked with hundreds of students and faculty members on free-speech cases. He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II professor of law at New York Law School. From 1991 to 2008, she served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She is author of Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights. Her forthcoming book, HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Ella Whelan is assistant editor at spiked. She is also a regular TV and radio commentator, notably on feminism and free speech, and the convenor of spiked’s Free Speech University Rankings. Her first book, What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism, is published in September 2017. @Ella_M_Whelan

This is a FREE panel and Q&A, as part of the spiked US Unsafe Space tour.

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