UT-Austin Acknowledges 17 Cases of Employee Sexual Misconduct

By Shannon Najmabadi, The Texas Tribune | January 13, 2020

  • January 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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    Sick piece of crap professor writes the following: In an unrelated situation, UT-Austin is also reviewing concerns about Department of Classics professor Thomas Hubbard, specifically his academic writings about the age at which boys can consent to sexual relations, including an article titled “Sexual Consent and the Adolescent Male, or What Can We Learn from the Greeks?”

    An excerpt from that article says, “Contemporary American legislation premised on children’s incapacity to ‘consent’ to sexual relations stems from outmoded gender constructions and ideological preoccupations of the late Victorian and Progressive Era; that it has been extended to “protection” of boys is a matter of historical accident, rather than sound social policy. Rigorous social science and historical comparanda suggest that we should consider a different ‘age of consent’ for boys and girls.”

    In December, a small group protested outside Hubbard’s home. A 50-minute livestream of the incident showed people banging on the door of the house and Hubbard being escorted out by police.

    Fenves has said he understands the concern over Hubbard’s “writings about sexual relations between teenagers and adults” and personally finds them “outrageous.”

    Fenves said the university has assigned Hubbard “to teach Classics courses that do not relate to the controversial topics in his writings” for the last few years but was reviewing complaints about classes last semester and would “take appropriate action, within the bounds of academic freedom and the constitutionally protected right to free speech.”

    Hubbard, who did not respond to a request for comment, has told other news outlets that he condemns rape and writes about “pederasty” — the “romantic courtship of adolescent males” — rather than pedophilia

    It’s disturbing that he is still employed by UT. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising.

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