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Campus sex used to be just experimental

Northwestern University film professor Laura Kipnis wrote an essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education last winter in which she pushed back against stricter university rules about romantic relationships between students and teachers. A feminist and a product of the time, she said, between the Pill and the AIDS epidemic when women enjoyed a new sexual freedom, she resented the fact that university administrators now were trying to take that freedom back with oppressive regulation. Professors had been sleeping with students — and students had been seducing professors — for eons without it being criminalized as an abuse of power. Now those intergenerational relationships, many...

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