In 2014, Amanda Thomashow filed a complaint against Larry Nassar at Michigan State University. In its report describing the ensuing investigation, the university cleared Nassar of wrongdoing. A few years later, Nassar was sent to prison for abusing hundreds of girls and women. This essay takes a close look at the report describing that investigation’s finding. Drawing from Miranda Fricker’s work on epistemic injustice, this essay considers the sexual politics of knowing and unknowing within the context of a Title IX investigation set against the backdrop of a university’s attempt to overhaul not only its policies but its sexual culture.
Harassment and the Privilege of Unknowing: The Case of Larry Nassar
jennifer doyle is a professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Campus Sex, Campus Security (Semiotext[e], 2015), Hold It against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2013), and Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectic of Desire (University of Minnesota Press, 2006). She is compiling two collections of essays, one exploring queer theory at its limits and another on sports, art, and the politics of the body.
Jennifer Doyle; Harassment and the Privilege of Unknowing: The Case of Larry Nassar. differences 1 May 2019; 30 (1): 157–188. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-7481330
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