In Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Jessica Luther speaks about the playbook coaches, teams, universities, communities, the NCAA, the media, and fans seem to follow whenever a college football player is accused of sexual assault. If everyone runs their play well, scrutiny dies down quickly, no institution ever has to change how it operates, and the evaporation of these cases into nothingness looks natural. After Luther unpacks this societal playbook piece by piece, and advocates that we destroy the old plays, she then suggests we replace them with ones that will force us to finally do something about this issue. It’s a talk about what is but also one about what could be.
Jess Luther recently wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times about the current state of Title IX.