In recent years, rape has become the only assault of human or natural origin for which it is now wrong to offer advice to would-be victims that might help them avoid becoming “have-been” victims. We have rules to protect you from robbery, rules to protect you from drowning, rules to protect you from murder, and rules to protect you from being devoured by a bear. No one thinks that because this advice is out there, it means they are somehow being blamed for falling victim to one of these unpleasantries.
But no, rape is special. And even the mere suggestion that there is ANYTHING a woman can do to avoid being raped is pure patriarchal oppression.
Stanford University discovered this last week when feminists took grave exception to their web page titled “Female Bodies and Alcohol.” In the online presentation, the university explained that (through processes of biology that have nothing to do with the gender debates) alcohol affected women differently than men.
“A woman will get drunk faster than a man consuming the same amount of alcohol,” said the guide.
But feminists were more upset about where that fact led, even if it is the only logical conclusion.
“By some accounts,” the university explained, “alcohol is involved in as many as 75% of sexual assaults on a college campus. Research tells us that women who are seen drinking alcohol are perceived to be more sexually available than they may actually be. It’s important to take action to protect friends and others from potential assault or other regretted behavior as a result of drinking.”
The guide didn’t even tell women to stop drinking! It merely said, Look, your body metabolizes alcohol differently and you’re going to get drunk more quickly than you think, especially if you’re keeping up with men. That’s how you get in trouble. You’re a limping gazelle and predators exist. So, you know, keep a few other gazelles around.
But no, it’s just too sexist for words.
“Show universities how to stop blaming women for getting drunk and start blaming perpetrators for assault,” said professor Michele Dauber.
Dauber and likeminded feminists pressured Stanford into removing the page and issuing an apology, where they repented for publishing “an outdated and insensitive article on women and alcohol.”
Next thing you know, we’ll hear that it’s patronizing to advise hikers to stay away from dangerous animals.
That it’s victim-blaming to tell children to avoid talking to strangers.
By the time we’re finished, we might even discover that it’s wrong to blame rapists for their actions. After all, they are just victims of their own biology and the family and societal influences that led them to rape.
Hopefully, common sense will prevail before we slide that far into insanity, but sometimes, you have to wonder.