Laura Kipnis on Lockdowns, #MeToo, and Sexual Paranoia on Campus

Laura Kipnis says that in the days of the sexual revolution the “right” was outraged against licentiousness. It’s now the right who are the swingers. The left is where they are, out with the pool boys and threesomes. [who practice] H.R. Sexuality in the purview of Human Resources Departments

Kipnis, a Northwestern University professor emerita in film and journalism and is the author of this book One Diagnosis: Love and the Time of ContagionThis article examines the impact of COVID-19 upon intimate relationships as well as the changing battlefields in culture wars about sex, gender and desire.

Nick Gillespie interviewed Kipnis for There are reasonsAt a live event that took place at New York’s Caveat theater on Monday, March 7, 2022. The panel discussed the impact of lockdowns on #MeToo and how they intensified generational resentments between boomers, Gen Xers and millennials. After Kipnis published an essay, Northwestern graduate students brought a Title IX claim against her. They claimed they felt unsafe. The Chronicle of Higher Education About “sexual paranoia on campus” (an experience she shared in 2017). Unwanted Advances).

Adam Czarnecki edits.