The Campus Rape Myth is a long an interesting read, especially as a male member of RASAN (the Rape and Sexual Assault Network). Make no mistake, it’s quite provocative.

The campus rape movement highlights the current condition of radical feminism, from its self-indulgent bathos to its embrace of ever more vulnerable female victimhood. But the movement is an even more important barometer of academia itself. In a delicious historical irony, the baby boomers who dismantled the university’s intellectual architecture in favor of unbridled sex and protest have now bureaucratized both. While women’s studies professors bang pots and blow whistles at antirape rallies, in the dorm next door, freshman counselors and deans pass out tips for better orgasms and the use of sex toys.


Context

The “Sex Signals” show mentioned in the article came to Williams as well, and I don’t think the writer was fair in her characterization of them, so take the article with a grain of salt. Follow the jump for more quotes.

A survey of sorority girls at the University of Virginia found that only 23 percent of the subjects whom the survey characterized as rape victims felt that they had been raped—a result that the university’s director of Sexual and Domestic Violence Services calls “discouraging.” Equally damning was a 2000 campus rape study conducted under the aegis of the Department of Justice. Sixty-five percent of what the feminist researchers called “completed rape” victims and three-quarters of “attempted rape” victims said that they did not think that their experiences were “serious enough to report.” The “victims” in the study, moreover, “generally did not state that their victimization resulted in physical or emotional injuries,” report the researchers.

So what reality does lie behind the campus rape industry? A booze-fueled hookup culture of one-night, or sometimes just partial-night, stands. Students in the sixties demanded that college administrators stop setting rules for fraternization. “We’re adults,” the students shouted. “We can manage our own lives. If we want to have members of the opposite sex in our rooms at any hour of the day or night, that’s our right.” The colleges meekly complied and opened a Pandora’s box of boorish, sluttish behavior that gets cruder each year. Do the boys, riding the testosterone wave, act thuggishly toward the girls? You bet! Do the girls try to match their insensitivity? Indisputably.

Modern feminists defined the right to be promiscuous as a cornerstone of female equality. Understandably, they now hesitate to acknowledge that sex is a more complicated force than was foreseen. Rather than recognizing that no-consequences sex may be a contradiction in terms, however, the campus rape industry claims that what it calls campus rape is about not sex but rather politics—the male desire to subordinate women.

Williams runs these sorts of things through RASAN, which is an student run, anonymous 24/7 call-in service with a number posted on every bathroom mirror with the Security extensions and other important numbers. I don’t think Williams fits the bill of the colleges discussed in the article, but it does paint an accurate picture of the usual RASAN case, if there is one: Someone calls in feeling weird about what might/might not have happened a few nights ago when alcohol was consumed. RASAN offers a chance to process emotions and connections to various resources for those who call.

The rule is consent: every new progression must be consented to, but the kicker is that consent cannot be legally given if any alcohol has been consumed. If both parties were drunk, then the “victim” is whoever goes to the police first. That’s the law as it has been described to me.

Although a member of RASAN, I’m not going to claim enough knowledge to grade the college or RASAN’s policies (though, again, I don’t feel Williams and RASAN are guilty of the article’s critiques), but it’s worth the read, especially when the college’s and RASAN’s policies have to be relevant to the campus social situation (and the small size of campus), but also accountable to the law(suits).

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