The “intimate partner violence” category is a new addition to the Yale lexicon; the framework did not appear in Spangler’s February 2012 report. The Yale website defines the allegation as “the actual or threatened physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic abuse of an individual by someone with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. Often, that relationship is sexual, but not always–IPV can take place between roommates, for example.” That Yale is now conflating sexual assault–probably the most serious violent crime other than murder or attempted murder–with “threatened . . . economic abuse” of a roommate (what, exactly, is “economic abuse”?) shows just how far off the rails the Yale procedure has gone.
So why is this new framework necessary? Here’s a clue:
There is clearly a radical sexual agenda at work at Yale today. Professors and administrators who came of age during the sexual revolution are busily indoctrinating students into a culture of promiscuity. In fact, hosting of a campus “Sex Week”—a festival of sleaze, porn, and debauchery, dressed up as sex education. I encountered this tawdry tradition as an undergrad, and my book documents the events of Sex Week, including the screening in classrooms of hard-core pornography and the giving of permission to sex toy manufacturers and porn production companies to market their products to students.
In one classroom, a porn star stripped down to bare breasts, attached pinching and binding devices to herself as a lesson in sadomasochism, and led a student around the room in handcuffs. On other occasions, female students competed in a porn star look-alike contest judged by a male porn producer, and a porn film showing a woman bound and beaten was screened in the context of “instruction” on how students might engage in relationships of their own.
And again, these things happened with the full knowledge and approval of Yale’s senior administrators.
There’s a reason why a lot of cultures have tended to put the kibosh on orgiastic sexual excess, especially among young people: it’s fucking disastrous. Apparently the wisdom of the ancients wasn’t enough for modern American intellectuals at Yale, and so they encouraged their students to engage in as many debauched, depraved, animalistic expressions of sexual desire they could think of. And now they find that this has made life more difficult for young people, and made relationships more complex, less secure, and more subject to abuse, which they are now trying to rectify by changing their school code to rein in the excesses and abuses that naturally result from encouraging such sexual promiscuity and license. It is profoundly ironic that those who have promoted such sexual license are now resorting to such draconian measures of control. Licentiousness yields to totalitarianism, and students, having now acquired a taste for unrestrained hedonism, will not readily submit to constraints. Pandora’s box, once opened, cannot be shut again.