Professors dating their students

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Under the "offensive environment" guidelines, students are encouraged to regard themselves as such exquisitely sensitive creatures that an errant classroom remark impedes their education, such hothouse flowers that an unfunny joke creates a lasting trauma—and will land you, the unfunny prof, on the carpet or in the national news.My own university is thankfully less prohibitive about student-professor couplings: You may still hook up with students, you just can't harass them into it.

Under the "offensive environment" guidelines, students are encouraged to regard themselves as such exquisitely sensitive creatures that an errant classroom remark impedes their education, such hothouse flowers that an unfunny joke creates a lasting trauma—and will land you, the unfunny prof, on the carpet or in the national news.My own university is thankfully less prohibitive about student-professor couplings: You may still hook up with students, you just can't harass them into it.

What's excised from the new story is the most controversial part of the previous one: childhood sexuality.

Children are returned to innocence, a far less disturbing (if less complex) account of childhood.

It didn't automatically impede your education; sometimes it even facilitated it.

But such things can't be guaranteed to turn out well—what percentage of romances do?

—so colleges around the country are formulating policies to regulate such interactions, to protect against the possibility of romantic adversity.

In 2003, the University of California's nine campuses ruled to ban consensual relationships between professors and any students they may "reasonably expect" to have future academic responsibility for; this includes any student known to have an interest in any area within the faculty member's expertise.

Today, intergenerational desire remains the dilemma; what's shifted is the direction of arrows.

In the updated version, parents (and parent surrogates) do all the desiring, children are innocent victims.

But where once the issue was coercion or quid pro quo sex, in institutional neo-feminism the issue is any whiff of sexuality itself—or any situation that causes a student to "experience his or her vulnerability." (Pretty much the definition of sentience, I always thought.) "The unequal institutional power inherent in this relationship heightens the vulnerability of the student and the potential for coercion," the California code warns, as if any relationship is ever absent vulnerability and coercion.

But the problem in redressing romantic inequalities with institutional blunt instruments is that it just confers more power on the institutions themselves, vastly increasing their reach into people's lives.

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