I have started up a pleasant e-mail exchange with Sara Ansell. Although bluntness in commentary will remain, there is no reason why Sara and I might not work together for the betterment of Williams. Although we disagree on tactics, there is no doubt that we both want Williams to be the best college in the world.

Toward that end, I have a suggestion for another discussion topic for the Women’s Center: Tracy McIntosh ’75. (Previous commentary here.) The justice system has decided that its initial sentence for his no-contest plea on sexual assault charges is too lenient.

Questioning a Philadelphia judge’s leniency and fairness, Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has ordered the resentencing of Tracy McIntosh, the former University of Pennsylvania professor placed on house arrest last year after he pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a graduate student who was the niece of his college roommate.

In vacating Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means’ sentence, the three-judge Superior Court panel also ordered McIntosh to be resentenced by a different judge.

The Superior Court majority opinion said it did not believe Means could “preside objectively and fairly upon remand.”

Superior Court Judge Debra Todd wrote that Means treated McIntosh “less as a criminal than as a school boy requiring direction and supervision.”

Other commentators argue that almost any sentence would be too light.

I have a friend, Laree, who has thought up the perfect punishment for dogturd men like Anderson and McIntosh. She thinks that every time one of their victims thinks about the abuse, the perpetrator should get an electric shock. Wouldn’t that be delicious? Isn’t there some talented biomedical and/or electrical engineer out there who could get to work on this? I’m sure any number of rape and sex abuse victims wouldn’t mind carrying around a little device, or having some little apparatus implanted in the brain, to send off a signal to a satellite that transmits to the receiver unit on the perpetrator. I know I’d sign up for it. Just imagine him jumping and jerking about. It seems only fair. If the victims have to carry the pain around with them for the rest of their lives, the perpetrators ought to get to share in it, too.

How society should deal with he-said/she-said rape accusations, both the judicial process and associated punishments, is a hard question. Why not a discussion of the topic?

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