Posted on | June 20, 2014 | 31 Comments
If you’re a bald middle-aged guy with an Ivy League Ph.D., academic tenure is basically a license to have sex with college girls:
A Northwestern University professor has filed a Title IX federal lawsuit against school officials for gender discrimination, defamation, and invasion of privacy over their handling of what he insists are false sexual assault accusations.
Two different graduate students have accused Philosophy Professor Peter Ludlow of sexual offenses in recent years.
In February, a Medill School of Journalism student filed a Title IX lawsuit against Northwestern for not taking her seriously when she reported that Ludlow sexually assaulted her in 2012.
Ludlow also lists her as a defendant in his lawsuit, claiming these allegations are “flawed and one-sided,” according to an article in The Daily Northwestern, the school’s official student newspaper.
Ludlow’s suit also shows that the school had investigated him in March after a philosophy graduate student reported that he had had non-consensual sex with her.
He admits that he and the student had a “consensual sexual relationship” from October 2011 to January 2012.
So, Professor Ludlow admits he had sex with one grad student, but she says it was “non-consensual.” And as to the other student’s claims, well, isn’t it horribly unfair to assume that a 55-year-old professor is constantly on the prowl for collegiate poontang?
According to her complaint, the student originally accused Ludlow of getting her drunk, and then kissing and groping her while she blacked out. . . .
The student hoped he would be fired, or at least disciplined. Instead, she claims, Northwestern stood by ineffectually as Ludlow threatened defamation litigation. While she spiraled into depression and attempted suicide, Ludlow continued to work as a tenured professor with full privileges.
[Ludlow] is alleging that the graduate student, along with philosophy Prof. Jennifer Lackey and director of NU’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Office Joan Slavin, who are also named in the suit, defamed him in statements they made during a third-party investigation into the student’s allegations.
Ludlow said Slavin, Lackey and the student made false claims against him during the investigation. The University hired Patricia C. Bobb, an independent investigator, to look into the graduate student’s claims.
Ludlow’s suit says that Bobb found the claims of non-consensual sex unsubstantiated, but that she did find Ludlow had violated NU’s sexual harassment policy because he had “unequal power“ in his relationship with the graduate student. Ludlow contests this finding from Bobb’s report, according to his lawsuit.
Bobb’s report was then distributed within the University against Ludlow’s wishes, the suit says.
Bottom line: Ludlow says he’s a victim. Despite the “unequal power” clause, Northwestern’s policy doesn’t specifically prohibit professors from having sex with students. Why? Because the whole point of becoming a professor is to have sex with students.
Everybody who knows anything about academia understands this: Graduate students are basically college kids who don’t want to grow up and get a real job. So they stay in school and, while pursuing their advanced degrees, they work as “teaching assistants” and have sex with their students. It’s a piece of cake, because they are “mature” 20-somethings with off-campus apartments, and they’re teaching classes full of freshmen and sophomores who are impressed by talk about “working on my dissertation,” blah blah blah.
Then the grad student finally gets his Ph.D., lands a tenure-track job and just keeps on doing the same thing he was doing as a grad student — teaching classes and screwing students. Every year, there’s a fresh supply of new meat, and by the time he gets tenure, your typical professor has probably been through a dozen affairs with students. The problem is that old habits die hard, and as the professor approaches middle age, his romantic attentions are not usually reciprocated as enthusiastically as when he was a hip, young teaching assistant.
Oh, sure, there are always going to be some naive students who are grateful to have the professor “mentor” them, but by the time a professor is Peter Ludlow’s age, there is an unmistakably creepy aura of desperate lechery about this kind of “mentoring.”
Is it possible that Peter Ludlow is the target of a campus “rape culture” witch hunt fostered by feminists eager to claim a scalp? Sure.
Does this make Peter Ludlow a victim for whom I should have sympathy? No, he’s got a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Fuck him.
Besides which, Peter Ludlow is an Anonymous sympathizer who defended that criminal wackjob Barrett Brown. Fuck him.