Even ‘Faint’ Skepticism of Campus Rape Accusations Is Too Much Objectivity for the New Republic

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I’ve just obtained my copy of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, Vanessa Grigoriadis’s new book about sex and sexual assault on university campuses.

The New York Times‘s Michelle Goldberg gave it a mixed review, but that review came under heavy criticism for misrepresenting Grigoriadis’s work. It’s difficult, then, to take Goldberg’s complaints about the book very seriously.

But Goldberg’s review isn’t the only that deserves scrutiny. Let me turn your attention to the New Republic‘s Josephine Livingstone, a culture writer and enemy of appropriation, who writes that sections of the book caused her to “stop trusting” Grigoriadis. Here’s a notable passage from Livingstone’s review:

Blurred Lines is a meticulously researched book. Ultimately, she treats her subjects who have experienced sexual assault with the respect that real journalistic standards confer: the stories come in their own words. Blurred Lines is probably intended as a book

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