Jan 30, 2020
Deconstructing our biases around niched behaviors and sexualities has been important for a long time now, and this urgency is no less great in the context of Title IX law and investigations. This is the first of a two-part episode where I talk to Stephanie Lott, Title IX Coordinator at Arkansas State University. Our conversation focusses on understanding kink and LGBTQI+ culture, and how investigators can be better prepared for Title IX cases involving people from these groups. There are many grey areas that can arise in cases covering situations that have turned from consensual to non-consensual in the LGBTQI+ and kink circles.
Stephanie stresses the importance of investigators who can build a good rapport and also the importance of Title IX professionals educating themselves about these communities. We also cover the steps Stephanie and her team have taken toward Arkansas State becoming a campus that is more diverse and accessible to all, and she brings up some amazing seminars and theatre-based education initiatives working toward that end. Stephanie shares a wealth of important information whose relevance reaches far outside of the Title IX space in this brilliant conversation, so make sure you don’t miss out on it.
Key Points From This Episode:
“There are people who consensually at some point will sign up to do a role-play of a rape scene with a partner or an NSA hookup and how does that manifest itself into a Title IX investigation?” — Stephanie Lott [0:16:48]
“Contrary to most folks’ stigma, gay people don’t know every other gay person and we don’t know everything about our own communities sometimes.” — Stephanie Lott [0:28:30]
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