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In reference to Harvey Silverglate’s article, “Civil Liberties,”I write this letter to contextualize the “hypersensitivity” exhibited by female students and professors at Columbia Law School. I was one of the students who was subjected to Professor George Fletcher’s class and exam. The exam, while offensive on its own, does not account for the entire harm suffered by Prof. Fletcher’s criminal law students. Rather, the exam came as no surprise because it was merely the last straw after a semester of sitting through the class. The harm was that women students were treated as sexual objects and academic inferiors by Prof. Fletcher. On the one hand, women were looked at and spoken to as objects of possible sexual conquest. Our bodies were looked at in an inappropriate manner and we were spoken to with a sugary, seductive tone. On the other hand, women students were often the objects of Prof. Fletcher’s outright hostility. This hostility usually evidenced itself whenever the class discussion turned to rape. And make no mistake, rape was discussed on a daily basis; Prof. Fletcher used rape as the example to explain almost every proposition. The cumulative effect of the daily discussions of rape, hostility directed at female students who spoke up during rape discussions, and the sexualized nature of Prof. Fletcher’s persistent leering was that many in his class were silenced. Women students were constantly on guard and were more aware of their sex than anything else while sitting through his class. Our society has moved beyond the point of women being deemed as mere sexual objects without intelligent thoughts to add to academic discussions. We should not have to suffer these harms while sitting in our classrooms or while reading our newspapers. Jennifer Arnett Lee Student, Columbia Law School

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