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Elinor Mason: Date Rape, Harassment and Sexual Refusal

When:We 06-02-2019 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Elinor Mason (Edinburgh), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

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.