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Professor Ludlow Defends His Right to Have Sex With Grad Students

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.

From the Daily Northwestern:

[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.



31 Responses to “Professor Ludlow Defends His Right to Have Sex With Grad Students”

  1. Dianna Deeley
    June 20th, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    Don’t hold back, Stacy! All that repression and gentleness is going to give you an ulcer!

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  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 20th, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    I assume to have the right to bed grad students you have to be at least a tenured professor? Seems only fair.

    Those T.A.’s better not be caught even looking sideways at any co-eds or else!

    OT: When does Barrett Brown get sentenced? Is BB playing the roll of grad student now?

  5. Dana
    June 20th, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    It seems to me that Dr Ludlow could be disciplined, and even fired, for not being multicultural enough. Did he have any of these affairs with Women of Color, or did he racistly fornicate only with white women? Did he extend an equal mentoring opportunity to male students, or was he sexist, heterosexist, enough to offer his services only to women? And did he include transwomen, or only ciswomen?

    I’m sorry, but the man has to go!

  6. Guest
    June 20th, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

    The issue with Obama isn’t where he was born, it’s that his father was not a US citizen as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.

    If the Constitution isn’t going to be followed on the basics, there’s absolutely no reason to think that it’s going to be followed on anything else.

    At this point, we’re much closer to an elected despotism than we are to anything even remotely resembling a Constitutional Republic.

    Such are the fruits of our “democracy”, I suppose.

  7. robertstacymccain
    June 20th, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    I don’t wish ill on my enemies, but when they bring ill upon themselves? Hasta la vista, baby!

  8. NeoWayland
    June 20th, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

    So, on the one hand rapes on college campuses are over reported because certain radical feminists call nearly any hetreosexual behavior rape, and on the other hand when a professor admits a consenting sexual relationship.

    You can’t have this one both ways.

    Given that most campuses blame men for rape when women regret the encounter later, in the absence of other evidence I have to side with the professor,

    No matter how distasteful it is.

  9. richard mcenroe
    June 20th, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    In Hillary Clinton’s America, child rapists are entitled to the best possible legal defense but straight males on college campuses deserve to be punished without trial.

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 20th, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

    Haley Barbour defends his right to have Thad Cochran (Thad is willing do indecent things)

  11. riverlifecallie
    June 20th, 2014 @ 11:00 pm

    Where in the article/section you cited, does it say that a natural born citizen (one who has citizenship at birth) cannot have a foreign-born parent?

  12. Dianna Deeley
    June 20th, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

    I am disturbing my neighbors with my chortling!

  13. charles w
    June 20th, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    1. Become a professor.

    2. Have sex with students.
    3. Get caught.
    4. Profit.

  14. Chaka Con
    June 21st, 2014 @ 12:02 am

    RSM, you’re missing the bigger story, quite surprisingly.

    Feminists have initiated a jihad against this professor, despite his dating someone, who, according to the Northwestern rulebook, he’s allowed to date. The kind of Kafkaesque tribunal that is used to destroy the lives of young male students, without the use of proper legal channels, has been turned against Ludlow.

    Since there are rules against gender discrimination, he’s ‘making them live up to their own rules’, as Alinsky instructs. You should be loving this.

    If you read the suit he’s filed, I think you’ll agree that he was a victim.

    Keep your eye on the ball.

  15. Adjoran
    June 21st, 2014 @ 12:08 am

    It doesn’t. It is a nutjob imagining, which they also tried to use against McCain and Ted Cruz. Total crap. A bunch of loons on the internet assert something no court has ever held, and call you names for pointing out they are off their meds.

  16. Adjoran
    June 21st, 2014 @ 12:30 am

    With two cases, he does deserve the benefit of doubt, even if he is a leftist kook.

    If he’s telling the truth about the first, the second could just be someone looking to cash in. Now, if more former students begin to come forward, that balance will tip against him.

    But to assume criminal culpability, it takes more than a couple of ditsy chicks in graduate school for journalism.

    And a doctorate in journalism for a guy who never had to meet a deadline for a story is just a joke, a weak one at that.

  17. David R. Graham
    June 21st, 2014 @ 2:00 am


  18. David R. Graham
    June 21st, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    The movie Moonstruck had a sub-plot involving a P of this description.

  19. DeadMessenger
    June 21st, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    And here’s another thing. Let me preface this by saying that in no way do I condone rape, nor am I blaming the victim.

    Having said that, it troubles me that a young woman in graduate school is unable to see anything wrong with putting herself in a position where she is alone with a man that she does not want to have some kind of a relationship with, and moreover, does not seem to understand the relationship between alcohol and drunkeness (“He got me drunk and took advantage.” Did he pour it down her throat, or what?)

    If I’m walking around in strange parts of the city after dark, flashing wads of cash, I’m gonna get robbed, and certainly I bear some sort of responsibility for putting myself in that position.

    Furthermore, if I were raped by some a-hole, I would certainly take my complaint to the poe-lice, and not my university’s bureauocracy.

    But also having said all *this*, the professor is no doubt a major douche.

  20. MattRoss
    June 21st, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    If he were a lesbian womyn’s studies “professor,” not only would there not be a problem, he’d likely get an award!

  21. Mike G.
    June 21st, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Scratches head, reads article again…scratches ass, reads article thrice more, thinking maybe He missed something.

    Nope, no mention of ‘birthers’ or Obama anywhere in article.

    Wonders if commenter was on drugs or has serious reading comprehension problems.

  22. Dana
    June 21st, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    I see this silliness all the time. The 14th Amendment specifies that anyone born in the United States is a citizen of the United States, period. Some people try to raise the “subject to the jurisdiction” part as claiming that such can be used to deny the children of illegal immigrants being citizens, but if you are in the United States, you are subject to all of our laws, and thus our jurisdiction. The only exceptions would be foreigners who hold diplomatic immunity.

  23. Dana
    June 21st, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Perhaps he is a pre-op transsexual lesbian . . . ?

  24. David R. Graham
    June 21st, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    “Wiping coffee from screen,” can now proceed through day chuckling.

  25. Dana
    June 21st, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    My work here is done.

  26. richard mcenroe
    June 21st, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    So, you can’t chase secretaries around the desk anymore.
    You can’t hit on coeds.
    You can’t try to take the nurse’s pulse back at her.
    You can’t cop a feel off the stewardess.
    (Looks at bookshelf)
    I’m beginning to suspect my reading habits are less than current…

  27. HappyMedium
    June 21st, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

    The woman in the first suit was a freshman, not a grad student. She may have felt that the non-dating situation, the professor/student relationship and the huge age difference was enough for this not to be construed as any sort of romantic encounter.

  28. Quartermaster
    June 21st, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Yeppers! A Lesbian trapped in a man’s body.

  29. Quartermaster
    June 21st, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    The encounter was not “romantic” by any shade, dude.

  30. Quartermaster
    June 21st, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    There is more to the 14th amendment than merely being born here. The kids of Ambassadors are not recognized as US Citizens for very good reason. And Diplomatic immunity of the father is not the reason. Legally, only the Ambassdor, for example, has immunity. The Spouse is normally extended the same protection by courtesy only.

  31. Quartermaster
    June 21st, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    They tried to use it on McCain because the hospital in which he was born was not in the canal zone at the time he was born. The fact is, if you have two parents that are US Citizens, it doesn’t matter where you are born, you are a US Citizen at birth.