Feminists defend world-renowned female professor Avital Ronell.
Ronell was responsible for sexually harassing Nimrod Reitman, a former graduate student.
Ronell taught at New York University.
She was a professor of German and Comparative Literature.
Most importantly, an 11-month investigation found her”responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal”
And the report minced no words.
Her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.”
Reitman says she harassed him for three years.
Ronell’s e-mails to Reitman were lewd and sexual in nature.
She called Reitman as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”
The university investigative report caused great consternation.
This was especially true among strong feminists and some university professors.
But it was ironic given the strength of the #MeToo movement.
But feminists continued to defend Ronell.
Judith Butler was first.
The author of “Gender Trouble” used her international clout.
“Although we have no access to the confidential dossier, we have all worked for many years in close proximity to Professor Ronell.
“We have all seen her relationship with students, and some of us know the individual who has waged this malicious campaign against her.”
To many the Ronell defenders sounded familiar.
Butlers defence sounded similar to powerful men defending other men accused of sexual harassment.
But despite the irony Ronell advocates were steadfast in their defence.
“We testify to the grace, the keen wit, and the intellectual commitment of Professor Ronell and ask that she be accorded the dignity rightly deserved by someone of her international standing and reputation,” the professors wrote.