The Fall 2017 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh). Title: Date Rape, Harassment, and Sexual Refusal.
Friday, Dec 1, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.
In this paper I examine and elaborate on one way in which women’s sexual refusal may be silenced. I build on Mary Kate McGowan’s suggestion, that women’s refusal is unsuccessful because they are seen to lack the relevant authority. I argue that it is possible that women do in fact lack the relevant authority, when we focus on the conventional nature of authority. I show that this is a useful way to understand harassment and date rape.