Dec 1, 2017 • Philosophy Colloquium: Elinor Mason


Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:00 to 17:00


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.

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