Staff Pick

In 2014, Northwestern Professor Laura Kipnis was the subject of a Title IX suit charged by two students who objected to her remarks in a provocative journal article about professor-student relationships. The resulting internal investigation and shady legal process provoked Kipnis to investigate other Title IX suits and to shed light on the ways this system is subject to abuse. Examining her own case and others nationwide, Kipnis considers the effects of assigning increased power to ever-expanding university administration- are students unwittingly inviting a level of administrative paternalism which undermines their independence and enacts a conservative sexual agenda? Whether you agree with her or not, Kipnis raises questions about the consequences of institutional involvement in the personal lives of students which merit consideration.

Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062657862
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Harper - April 4th, 2017

Staff Pick

This book is part memoir, part meandering travelogue through alternative sexuality in 21st century America. The book starts as Witt turns 30 and, newly single, moves to San Francisco—the hotbed of alternative sexual culture in the U.S. today. In San Francisco she focuses her work as a journalist on writing about novel forms of sexual expression cropping up in the Internet age, and the new communities that embrace them. Witt visits polyamorous communities, a BDSM porn company, devotees of a practice called “orgasmic meditation”, and women who earn a living livestreaming their autoerotic acts, as well as other pioneers pushing the boundaries of human sexual expression.  She also chronicles her own attempts to find love and lust through the brave new world of online dating. Witt’s forays into all of these strange landscapes remind us of just how radically technological advances and evolving social mores are re-writing the rules of nearly all social interactions today, perhaps most prominently those involving our biologically hard-wired drives to find sex and companionship.

Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865478794
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 11th, 2016

Staff Pick

In her first book, Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why (Melville House, $25.99), the immensely talented young feminist writer, Sady Doyle, explores the phenomenon of women celebrities who rise to fame only to be derailed by a public “trainwreck.” Doyle, a staff writer at In These Times who founded the blog “Tiger Beatdown,” suggests that this is the predictable outcome for women who dare to deviate from conventional rules of female behavior. While her focus is on contemporary figures such as Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, and most of all Britney Spears, she traces the historical lineage of the trainwreck phenomenon back to Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Brontë, Sylvia Plath, and Billie Holiday. The explosion of new media has only exacerbated the problem in recent times, making it easier to humiliate women public figures and harder for them to regain their footing. Political trainwrecks get brief attention from Doyle, but her ideas certainly reverberate in the aftermath of the 2016 campaign.

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612195636
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Melville House - September 20th, 2016

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612196480
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Published: Melville House - August 29th, 2017