Citadels of pride Sexual assault, accountability, and reconciliation

Martha C. 1947- Nussbaum

Book - 2021

"An essential moral, philosophical, and practical reckoning with the laws we put in place to address the problem of sexual abuse and harassment. In this pathbreaking book, Martha C. Nussbaum brings necessary clarity to the societal challenges of sexual abuse and harassment, illuminating the pride and greed that lead men to objectify and dominate others, and the thirst for revenge that can distort the aims of justice. In the context of a clear and bracing legal history of accountability for ...sexual assault and the legal recognition of sexual harassment, Nussbaum confronts three "citadels of pride"-the judiciary, the arts, and sports. Exposing prideful privilege in the intellectual world, unpunished narcissism in the arts, and toxic masculinity and corruption in American sports, she discusses egregious cases of male entitlement leading to sexual abuse and exploitation. She examines both successful and unsuccessful efforts to address these situations, and proposes solutions; most controversially, that Division I football be disbanded. Laying out a hopeful way forward, Nussbaum offers a path to accountability without malice, and generosity without capitulation"--

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Published
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xviii, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781324004110
1324004118
Main Author
Martha C. 1947- Nussbaum (author)
  • Sites of struggle.
  • Objectification: treating people as things ;
  • Vices of domination: pride and greed ;
  • Vices of victimhood: the weakness of the furies
  • Law starts to confront the issues.
  • The domain of legal action ;
  • Accountability for sexual assault: a brief legal history ;
  • Women in the proud male workplace: sexual harassment as sex discrimination ;
  • Interlude: Thoughts about sexual assault on college campuses
  • Recalcitrant citadels: the judiciary, arts, sports.
  • Abuses of power and lack of accountability ;
  • Pride and privilege: the federal judiciary ;
  • Narcissism and impunity: the performing arts ;
  • Masculinity and corruption: the sick world of college sports
  • Conclusion: The way forward: accountability without malice, generosity without capitulation.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Nussbaum (The Cosmopolitan Tradition), a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago, examines in this scholarly yet impassioned account the "culture of sexual violence and sexual harassment" in America and the "institutional and structural solutions" necessary to reform it. She explores the concept of objectification and the harms it causes, and how male pride fuels the denial of a woman's autonomy and subjectivity. Nussbaum also digs into changing standards of consent and accountability as she tracks the history of legal efforts to combat sexual harassment from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which defined sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination) to the #MeToo movement. Probing systemic failures that cause sexual misconduct to go unaddressed, Nussbaum discusses cases from the federal judiciary, where clerks are held to strict standards of confidentiality; the performing arts, where "certain people with great power and wealth can influence everyone's chances"; and Division I college sports, where the system is so structurally corrupt, Nussbaum argues, that it should be done away with altogether. Though some sections may be too dense for lay readers, Nussbaum persuasively argues that the law, when applied correctly, can provide justice "that seeks reconciliation and a shared future" for men and women. This carefully reasoned account convinces. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An essential moral, philosophical, and practical reckoning with the laws we put in place to address the problem of sexual abuse and harassment. In this pathbreaking book, Martha C. Nussbaum brings necessary clarity to the societal challenges of sexual abuse and harassment, illuminating the pride and greed that lead men to objectify and dominate others, and the thirst for revenge that can distort the aims of justice. In the context of a clear and bracing legal history of accountability for sexual assaultand the legal recognition of sexual harassment, Nussbaum confronts three "citadels of pride"-the judiciary, the arts, and sports. Exposing prideful privilege in the intellectual world, unpunished narcissism in the arts, and toxic masculinity and corruption in American sports, she discusses egregious cases of male entitlement leading to sexual abuse and exploitation. She examines both successful and unsuccessful efforts to address these situations, and proposes solutions; most controversially, that Division I football be disbanded. Laying out a hopeful way forward, Nussbaum offers a path to accountability without malice, and generosity without capitulation"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A groundbreaking exploration of sexual violence by one of our most celebrated experts in law and philosophy.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this essential philosophical and practical reckoning, Martha C. Nussbaum, renowned for her eloquence and clarity of moral vision, shows how sexual abuse and harassment derive from using people as things to one’s own benefit—like other forms of exploitation, they are rooted in the ugly emotion of pride. She exposes three “Citadels of Pride” and the men who hoard power at the apex of each. In the judiciary, the arts, and sports, Nussbaum analyzes how pride perpetuates systemic sexual abuse, narcissism, and toxic masculinity. The courage of many has brought about some reforms, but justice is still elusive—warped sometimes by money, power, or inertia; sometimes by a collective desire for revenge.By analyzing the effects of law and public policy on our ever-evolving definitions of sexual violence, Nussbaum clarifies how gaps in U.S. law allow this violence to proliferate; why criminal laws dealing with sexual assault and Title VII, the federal law that is the basis for sexual harassment doctrine, need to be complemented by an understanding of the distorted emotions that breed abuse; and why anger and vengeance rarely achieve lasting change.Citadels of Pride