Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Lisa A. Flores

Second Advisor

Phaedra Carmen Pezzullo

Third Advisor

Karen Lee Ashcraft


Confronted with panicked discourse around the statistics that 1 in 4 women, 6% of men, and 1 in 2 trans* students will experience sexual assault during their time in college, the U.S. Department of Education revisited 1972 law Title IX, and qualified sexual assault as creating a hostile learning environment on the basis of gender. Since then, a backlash has emerged, in which male Title IX violators are suing the colleges that expelled them. Using narrative criticism, this thesis examines four of these lawsuits with a specific focus on their complaints of lack of due process and gender discrimination against men. Each chapter investigates a facet of their shared narratives: chapter two explores the legal/administrative oscillations of Title IX administrative procedures; chapter three interrogates how these men narrativize consent; and finally, chapter four brings these two themes together to discuss how the lawsuits make sense of fairness and justice.