Thursday, May 19, 2016

Open Letter on Free Speech, Sexual Harassment, and DoE OCR's Misuse of Title IX

   OCR is out of control and is using the power of the government to impose extremely implausible, illiberal, far-left theories on universities and primary and secondary schools.
   I'm happy to have a public conversation about, say, the appropriate burden of proof in sexual harassment cases, transgenderism and public restrooms, and all the rest. But I'm extremely concerned--more than extremely concerned--that government bureaucrats can so easily decree PC policies the law of the land. And with no public discussion...and without the consent of the governed. If the system of sex-segregated restrooms and locker rooms is permissible at all, then demanding that everyone abide by the system is permissible. You cannot simply gesture at a half-baked, highly-theoretical concept formulated in the depths of the women's studies department ("gender identity") and declare that there's suddenly a right for men to use the women's bathroom so long as they "identify as" (i.e. declare themselves) women.
   Look, let's have the discussion. I'm not exactly the world's biggest fan of enforced heterosociality... But the way all this is going down should be of great concern to everyone.
   This is, I'm afraid, another case of liberals being so open-minded their brains have fallen out.


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