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Unwanted Advances

Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus

by Laura Kipnis

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $26.99

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Unwanted Advances

Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus

by Laura Kipnis

On Sale: 04/04/2017

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Price: $26.99

About the Book

Laura Kipnis is a highly regarded feminist and professor of film at Northwestern University. Her provocative book, Unwanted Advances, dives into the hidden world of Title IX: a world of closed door hearings, biased investigations, and undue process. The book is inspired in large part by Laura's own accusation and subsequent investigation under Title IX.

This isn't just the 21st century version of a witch hunt, Laura argues--these new norms also have an adverse effect on students, professors, and feminism itself.

Critical Praise

Unwanted Advances is necessary. Argue with the author, by all means. But few people have taken on the excesses of university culture with the brio that Kipnis has.” - Jennifer Senior, New York Times

“Laura Kipnis is a hero. She has written a book that will benefit many while bring all kinds of grief upon her.” - Huffington Post

“A wry, pragmatic analysis.…The greatest pleasure Unwanted Advances affords comes from Kipnis’ keen sense of human psychology.” - BookForum

“It is precisely the gray where Kipnis summons her strongest stroke, swimming the murkiest depths of our sexual psyches...Even if the current is choppy and the shore miles off, the journey seems more important than ever, and one feels grateful to tread behind her.” - Salon.com

“Gripping.… Unwanted Advances is a clarion call for both men and women to recognize the reality of female autonomy that feminism has always argued for, and that today’s campus culture threatens to eclipse.” - Tablet

“Clarity of expression and the uncompromising vehemence of her thoughts make Kipnis the best polemical investigator writing today, which both sells her short and raises an unexpected question: how come reading her, however uncomfortable or complex the subject, is always such a tremendous pleasure?” - Geoff Dyer, author of White Sands

“Laura Kipnis has written a brave, disturbing, yet scrupulously fair book: a brilliant and pragmatic manifesto for a kind of ‘adult’ feminism that rejects the campus cult of female victimhood.” - Terry Castle, author of The Professor

“...Kipnis is everything the academic bureaucrats she writes about are not: brave, honest, judicious, mature, and self-aware, with a seasoned understanding of both sexual politics and campus politics. She has struck a mighty blow for sanity, equality, and academic freedom.” - William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep

“...[C]hilling, shocking, meticulously reported, eminently readable, and in places perversely hilarious...most of all it is a crucial piece of a burgeoning conversation about threats to free speech and intellectual freedom on college campuses...Kipnis’s voice is as clarion as her insights are astute.” - Meghan Daum,, author of The Unspeakable

“Laura Kipnis’s new book is a revelation: a great work of investigative journalism and a thorough examination of a case that feels like it couldn’t happen in America... Kipnis makes you fear for a whole new set of reasons.” - Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men

“This book is harrowing; this book is hilarious (like Dorothy Parker channeling Franz Kafka); but the main thing it is is BRAVE. On top of which, it is urgently necessary.” - Lawrence Weschler, author of Waves Passing in the Night

“I loved reading [Unwanted Advances]…force[s] readers to really consider their position and to see if they can fully defend it, or at least to think beyond feminist platitudes…a persuasive and valuable contribution to the continuing debate over how to deal with sexual assault on college campuses.” - Jill Filipovic, New York Times Book Review

“[Kipnis] has written a book about sexual paranoia on the American campus, Unwanted Advances. Which happens to be rather brilliant.” - Independent (UK)

“....riveting read...,Unwanted Advances is a bracing book, its message delivered with fierce intelligence and mordant humor.”: - Bookshelf

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062657862
  • ISBN 10: 0062657860
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 04/04/2017
  • Trimsize: 5.500 in (w) x 8.250 in (h) x 0.890 in (d)
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: $26.99
  • BISAC1 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory