Rape Culture In AmeriKKKa: George Will Says Being A College Rape Victim Is Now A ‘Coveted Status’.


George Will: Colleges become the victims of progressivism

 

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By George Will & The Washington Post

 

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.

 

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”:

 

“They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. . . . And then he started again a few minutes later, taking off my panties, taking off his boxers. I just kind of laid there and didn’t do anything — I had already said no. I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. I let him finish. I pulled my panties back on and went to sleep.’”

 

Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped. Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.

 

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from. The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12 percent of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12 percent reporting rate is correct, the 20 percent assault rate is preposterous. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute notes, for example, that in the four years 2009 to 2012 there were 98 reported sexual assaults at Ohio State. That would be 12 percent of 817 total out of a female student population of approximately 28,000, for a sexual assault rate of approximately 2.9 percent — too high but nowhere near 20 percent.

 

Education Department lawyers disregard pesky arithmetic and elementary due process. Threatening to withdraw federal funding, the department mandates adoption of a minimal “preponderance of the evidence” standard when adjudicating sexual assault charges between males and the female “survivors” — note the language of prejudgment. Combine this with capacious definitions of sexual assault that can include not only forcible sexual penetration but also nonconsensual touching. Then add the doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape. Then comes costly litigation against institutions that have denied due process to males they accuse of what society considers serious felonies.

 

Now academia is unhappy about the Education Department’s plan forgovernment to rate every institution’s educational product. But the professors need not worry. A department official says this assessment will be easy: “It’s like rating a blender.” Education, gadgets — what’s the difference?

 

Meanwhile, the newest campus idea for preventing victimizations — an idea certain to multiply claims of them — is “trigger warnings.” They would be placed on assigned readings or announced before lectures. Otherwise, traumas could be triggered in students whose tender sensibilities would be lacerated by unexpected encounters with racism, sexism, violence (dammit, Hamlet, put down that sword!) or any other facet of reality that might violate a student’s entitlement to serenity. This entitlement has already bred campus speech codes that punish unpopular speech. Now the codes are begetting the soft censorship of trigger warnings to swaddle students in a “safe,” “supportive,” “unthreatening” environment, intellectual comfort for the intellectually dormant.

 

It is salutary that academia, with its adversarial stance toward limited government and cultural common sense, is making itself ludicrous. Academia is learning that its attempts to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations — brings increasing supervision by the regulatory state that progressivism celebrates.

 

What government is inflicting on colleges and universities, and what they are inflicting on themselves, diminishes their autonomy, resources, prestige and comity. Which serves them right. They have asked for this by asking for progressivism.

 

Thank you George Will & The Washington Post.

 

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George F. Will

Essential commentaries on politics, law and social character have earned him a huge, devoted following. Pulitzer winner. Twice weekly

 

Conservative columnist and pundit George Will CREDIT: AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

Conservative columnist and pundit George Will
CREDIT: AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

 

About

George Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers and his appearances as a political commentator on FOX, Will may be the most influential writer in America.

 

Will began his syndicated column with The Writers Group on January 1, 1974, just four months after The Writers Group was founded by Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham. Two years later, Will started a column for Newsweek which ran bi-weekly for more than three decades.

 

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From Think Progress:

 

Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Rape Column

 

BY JUDD LEGUM

 

Early this month, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assualt on college campus were overblown. He also suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.”

 

Will’s column is syndicated in newspapers across the country by the Washington Post, which bills him as “the most influential writer in America.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has published Will’s column for a number of years, has had enough. In a message today to readers, the paper announced they were dropping Will from their paper and apologized for running his column on sexual assault:

 

The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.

 

Will will be replaced in the Post-Dispatch by another Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson.

 

Thank you Think Progress & JUDD LEGUM.

 

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Additional Reading………..

 

Washington Post Columnist Claims Being A College Rape Victim Is Now A ‘Coveted Status’

 

BY TARA CULP-RESSLER

 

Not much needs to be said about the esteemed Mr. George Will….or The Washington Post, for publishing his garbage. Need any more of a reason to boycott both?

 

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16 Responses

  1. What a stupid prick. :P

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    • I am soooooooooooooooooooooo shocked at this comment, and so very proud of you.

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      • I’ve not been myself this week. I’ve been mad at this NJ State Dept. that has been abusing this family. The mom was in the group tonight and we had a new mom came in with DV issues. The mom I’m helping began to tell her she was in the right place and she kept going on and on. It made me feel good but I’ll really be glad when the kids go home. Eight letters will go out tomorrow… watch the crapola hit the fan.

        Ha ha ha! You are one really funny dude! :) <3

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      • I like you being in a “not yourself mood.” That was a cool comment coming from you.

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  2. Because we talk more today than we did thirty years ago people believe we make it up, we lie about the number of assaults against us. The real issues is, women are raped, women are assaulted on campuses and elsewhere. Some of this is because we are still not taught how to say ‘no’ and protect ourselves. Some of this is because boys are not taught the meaning of ‘no’ and how not to be aggressive. Some of this is because there remains, worldwide even a culture that believes our bodies, women’s bodies, are not our own.

    George Will is simply reflecting what others think.

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  3. Thank you for this post. Sickens me to know this happens in our college world.

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    • It’s so bad on college campuses that were I to have a daughter, she’d not have the option to attend college in the states.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ” Stop sexual crime against women!” ….. should never be tolerated!!

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  5. Excellent post, as always!! Hope that you are doing well, dear brother. Sending you tight Latin hugs!! <3

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