Katie's Reviews > Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student

Unprotected by Miriam Grossman
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Jan 27, 2009

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Read in January, 2009

When I want a cheap distraction, instead of picking up a romance novel or sci fi, I read hyped up books on salacious and controversial social topics. It amuses me, makes me think, and provokes me to write about and examine my own opinions. This book, originally published credited to "Anonymous MD," and concerning the sexual politics of US college campuses, definitely fits that bill. It was a quick and easy read, not really scholarly in tone though it did cite (with endnotes) many journal articles. And while the author has since gone on to become a mouthpiece for a lot of very conservative thinktanks, I thought that most of her points in this book were fair enough. Actually I found that we have a lot of views in common, though I might have come to mine through a feminist route rather than a social conservatism route.

In particular I thought it was interesting how she pointed out that "tolerance" on campus is extended only in one direction--towards those who practice BDSM, for instance, but not towards those who practice a traditional faith that requires abstaining from pornography and other sexual excesses. I also appreciated her thoughts on how we fail women when we don't allow them room to grieve after abortions. In general I felt that she sincerely cares about her patients and objects to "political correctness" insofar as it prevents her from adequately addressing their needs. I think this is a good point and one worth hearing out even if your political sensibilities bristle at the way the information is initially presented.
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Skylar Burris "When I want a cheap distraction, instead of picking up a romance novel or sci fi, I read hyped up books on salacious and controversial social topics."

Oh, so maybe that's why I've been reading all these books lately...I've been looking for a cheap distraction. That makes a considerable amount of sense, actually. I was afraid I'd suddenly developed an interest in sociology, and that is so unlike me.


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