8.0054 R: CASE (1/17)

Wed, 8 Jun 1994 22:24:42 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0054. Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994.

Date: Mon, 06 Jun 94 10:01 PDT
Subject: Re: 8.0049 CASE: Consenting Academics for Sexual Equity (1/84)

Dear B Dank: I think you have a difficult matter in hand, as it were,
since the principal of privacy and protection from State or Private
authority is most im portant, in this century, in particular.
(Chaucer's Summonour "hadde in hys con trole al the yonge girls of hys
parishe," girles meaning all adolescents; so th e problems of lechery
and subornation of sexuality to power is not new, of cour se in
hierarchical institutions, and the corruption of power and morality that
underlies it, as it were.) At any rate it is a problem that Orwell and
Wilhelm Reich before him understood: Sex and the Totalists. I am of
course as a writer interested in the issues, even if I have seen
terrific abuses over the years , including Gay harassers. There are
more incontinent sexual nuts out there than there are blue papers to
grade, it sometimes seems. The young TAs at U of Michigan in 1950s
were warned by the Chair to keep their office doors always open, since
they were subject to seduction by young women (harassment), and that
was surely the case. Ever read Malamud's very comic satire, A NEW LIFE?
It says it all, and more. Jascha Kessler (IME9JFK@MVS.OAC.UCLA.EDU)