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‘The Title IX Reign of Terror’

Posted on | December 5, 2018 | No Comments

Professor Dennis Gouws (left); Dean Anne Herzog (right).

Springfield College in Massachusetts is a small private liberal arts school with about 3,200 students. Perhaps best known as the place where James Naismith invented basketball, Springfield recently became the site of a feminist dean’s persecution of Professor Dennis Gouws.

This case illustrates what Peter W. Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, calls the “Title IX Reign of Terror” unleashed by the Obama administration’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter. This was most obvious in what K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr. have called The Campus Rape Frenzy. However, beyond the proliferation of sexual assault accusations, the Obama administration’s Title IX policy also made it possible for university officials “to discover ‘discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ pretty much wherever they want”:

A new campus regime emerged in which it became dramatically easier to threaten and to intimidate anyone who crossed the invisible and often imaginary lines.
The case of Professor Dennis Gouws at Springfield College in Massachusetts provides the best-documented instance of how this works. Gouws first came to national attention in spring 2016, when his department cancelled his popular undergraduate course, “Men in Literature,” which paralleled another offering in the English department, “Women in Literature.”
The course on men in literature had been offered for many years and wasn’t controversial, but all at once the dean of the college, Anne Herzog, decided Gouws’s interest in teaching about men was, as we now say, problematic. . . . Herzog seized on a complaint from one student in “Men in Literature” to demand that he revise the course. . . .

Read the whole thing. All it takes is one complaint for a feminist administrator to destroy a professor’s life and career.

(Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)



 

 

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