It’s now almost impossible for law professors to teach legal courses on rape and sexual violence due to backlash from feminist groups, a Harvard law professor said.
Jeannie Suk, who’s been teaching at Harvard Law School since 2006, said campus organizations representing “women’s interests” are advising students not to participate in or even attend class sessions that focus on sexual violence laws because they might be “traumatic.”
“These organizations also ask criminal-law teachers to warn their classes that the rape-law unit might ‘trigger’ traumatic memories,” she wrote in the New Yorker. “Individual students often ask teachers not to include the law of rape on exams for fear that the material would cause them to perform less well.”
“One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word ‘violate’ in class — as in ‘Does this conduct violate the law?’ — because the word was ‘triggering.'”
“Some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress,” she added.
Suk said this turn of events is similar to the “second rape” argument made by feminists in the 1970s and 80s who claimed that making rape complainants undergo routine cross-examination in court would traumatize them more than the rape itself.
But by scaring professors from teaching rape law, feminists are going to allow rapists to avoid justice because an entire generation of lawyers and legal experts are going to be completely clueless about the legalities surrounding sexual violence.
It’s routine for the feminist movement to ignore genuine atrocities against women while focusing on completely trivial issues because the movement was hijacked in the 1950s by the CIA and others within the political elite to exploit women and corrupt gender roles.
Last month, feminists demanded censorship of the “Princess Leia” catcalling video, which was a parody of a feminist video showing a woman being catcalled while walking in New York City.
One woman claimed the Leia video “completely trivializes the actual struggles shared by women everyday” while reinforcing “the institutionalized racism fueled by xenophobia, classism, and white privilege.”
“If you need to ask why, you probably need to check you privilege,” she wrote.
However, when it comes to women in the Middle East who are stoned to death after being raped, western feminists are deftly silent.