Sexual violence in HE – blogs

I have written a series of blog posts on sexual harassment and violence in higher education, which are listed and linked below:

Tackling sexual harassment and violence in universities: seven lessons from the UK. This post was written as a lecture for an event hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and the Freie Universität Berlin. It distils seven lessons from my fifteen years of scholarship and activism in the field, which might be useful to those working in other contexts and countries.

Sexual harassment and violence in higher education: reckoning, co-option, backlash. This post examines how sexual violence experiences are ‘reckoned up’ in both institutional economies and media markets, exploring practices of institutional airbrushing but also complicating the equation between sharing experience and feminist politics.

To tackle sexual harassment, we need cultural change. This post uses an intersectional perspective to raise some issues with punitive/disciplinary approaches to tackling sexual harassment in institutions.

Speaking up for what’s right. This post analyses recent debates around ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘left wing bias’ in universities, asking what these mean for those of us working on sexual harassment and violence.

On Outrage. Here I explore the functions of outrage and how it differs from anger, arguing that although outrage can be cathartic it can also be temporary, and can demand punitive solutions.

Reckoning Up: an institutional economy of sexual harassment and violence. This post explores how sexual harassment and violence are ‘reckoned up’ in neoliberal universities in which economic values have replaced civic ones. A slightly different version of this, with some ‘snapshots’ from my data, was presented at the 2017 Gender and Education conference.

Disclosure and exposure in the neoliberal university. In this piece I analyse the dynamics of disclosure in neoliberal institutions, arguing that economic rationalities blend with established hierarchies to protect some people and expose others.

The university campus as ‘Hunting Ground’. This is a commentary on the film The Hunting Ground, in which I argue that although the survivor testimonies presented are moving and powerful, the punitive solutions demanded could exacerbate intersectional inequalities.

Sexism and violence in the neoliberal university. This post situates sexual harassment and violence in the context of the neoliberal university, using a variety of case studies from the UK and overseas.

Why sex workers should be part of ‘lad culture’ campaigns. Here I argue that sex workers should be an integral part of campaigns against ‘lad culture’ and sexual violence rather than being positioned as the enemy, which is unfortunately often the case.