HAT Forum: The Jian Ghomeshi Affair

HAT Forum
Saturday 29 November, 11:00-1:00
OISE (252 Bloor St. W.) Room 4-420  *NOTE UNUSUAL LOCATION*
Topic: The effect of the alleged behavior of Jian Ghomeshi on the relationship between the sexes
Proposed by: Michael Chin

1.      What might be the cause for this type of behavior?
2.      Why are some people attracted to celebrity even though they are aware of a potential risk. We often hear of people who are attracted to those who are on death row or to those who have been convicted of heinous crimes such as Paul Bernardo.
3.     There are many who do not want to leave abusive relationships and some seem to attract those with a history of inappropriate behavior.
4.      Is there anything we can learn from the reluctance of those in power to take action against a “star” such as a Jian Ghomeshi, Ray Rice or Jimmy Saville? Is this any different from our reluctance to “do the right” thing if there could be a personal cost? 
5.      How do we define consensual activity?  Should we require that any physical activity that occurs in private be agreed to in writing? Should we outlaw certain types of behavior? However, violent activities such as Boxing, MMA (mixed martial arts)  where the objective is to render your opponent incapable of functioning are legal and regulated. Should the government get more involved in regulating the behavior between the sexes? If Ghomeshi and others are interested in “rough sex” should the government regulate this activity to protect the public? 
6.      Might this case result in false accusations in the future?
7.      Could an unintended consequence be a chill in the banter as it relates to the majority of the interaction between the sexes that both parties do not find objectionable?