Lecture: “Must Survivors of Sexual Violence Disclose their Assaults? Title IX, Mandatory Reporting, and the Role of the Confidant” | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: “Must Survivors of Sexual Violence Disclose their Assaults? Title IX, Mandatory Reporting, and the Role of the Confidant”

November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Prof. Ann J. Cahill, Elon University

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center and the Year of Diversity at Pitt.

Abstract of Lecture:

Title IX is a crucial piece of legislation that protects gender equality in educational environments, but sometimes the implementation of these protections may seem to undermine the very students it is meant to support. Survivors of sexual assault on college campuses often experience pressure — sometimes implicit, sometimes explicit — to disclose their experiences of assault to university or law enforcement officials. But do they have an ethical obligation to do so? In this presentation, Dr. Ann Cahill, Professor of Philosophy at Elon University, will address this question, while also interrogating the legal and ethical obligations that exist for those to whom these experiences are disclosed. A brief Q&A will follow the talk.

Professor Cahill will host two other events:

-A discussion-based colloquium on philosophical approaches to miscarriage, noon – 1:30 in Barco Law Building Room G-20. The article for discussion will be Prof. Cahill's article "Miscarriage and Intercorporeality," Journal of Social Philosophy 46, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 44–58. Contact gsws@pitt.edu for a copy.

-A lecture for undergraduates on the “heteronormative sexual continuum,” or how sexual interactions that are constructed as quite acceptable are related politically, conceptually, and socially to acts of sexual violence [9:30-10:45]. 


“Unjust Sex vs. Rape: A Feminist Analysis of the Heteronormative Sexual Continuum”

This talk will address a persistent philosophical conundrum that Dr. Ann J. Cahill, professor of philosophy at Elon University, calls the problem of the “heteronormative sexual continuum”: how sexual assault and hegemonic heterosex are conceptually and politically related. Dr. Cahill will respond to the work of Nicola Gavey, who has argued for the existence of a “gray area” of sexual interactions that are ethically questionable without rising to the category of sexual assault, but whose analysis did not explicitly articulate what these two categories share or what distinguishes them from each other. Dr. Cahill will argue that the two categories share a disregard for women’s sexual subjectivity (focusing particularly on the factor of sexual desire) and are distinguished by the different role that women’s sexual agency plays in each. 

View the event flyer here.

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