Professor's Rhetorical Question About Rape Draws Firestorm of Protest

Professor's Rhetorical Question About Rape Draws Firestorm of Protest

April 08, 2013

Students and alumni at the University of Rochester are calling for the censure of an economics professor who posted, on his personal blog, a set of hypothetical public policy "dilemmas," one of which asked if rape should be illegal if the victim is unconscious and if no physical harm results. Others beyond the campus are calling for Steven Landsburg to be fired. Many are upset specifically by the following statement in his post: "As long as I'm safely unconscious and therefore shielded from the costs of an assault, why shouldn't the rest of the world (or more specifically my attackers) be allowed to reap the benefits?" A petition for the university's president to censure Landsburg had almost 600 signatures on April 4. A university spokesman said there is "no intention to take disciplinary action." Landsburg said his post was simply "idle noodling."


Professor's Rhetorical Question About Rape Draws Firestorm of Protest
Libby Sander
The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 5, 2013

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