An old white man who writes for The New York Post wrote something callous and unfeeling about victims of sexual assault. SURPRISE!
George Will penned an op-ed about those silly college gals who can’t make up their minds about sex and crying rape. The piece was published both in the NY Post (not surprised) and The Washington Post (slightly surprised but not really). “Campus victimhood,” Will writes, is “a coveted status that confers privileges” and “victims proliferate.”
You know, privileges like PTSD and depression, not being believed by your friends or family, feeling disgusted with your own body, getting kicked out of school, STDs and unplanned pregnancy, and watching your rapist not spend a day in jail. With a special Rape Victim Privilege Double Points Bonus Card (and, you know, apathy on behalf of the police department), you may even learn that your rapist was free to violate other women and girls after you.
What feminists call rape culture, Will calls “hookup culture,” which is “this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.” That’s a long-winded way of saying that if young ladies just stopped after one drink, kept their legs closed, and got home by curfew, none of this would even be happening.
In all seriousness, there are problems with how colleges handle sexual assault accusations that need to be worked out. But George Will doesn’t even believe sexual assaults and nonconsensual sexual touching are happening in the first place. This hot new club of faux rape victims — that “coveted status” — is bullshit because Will himself has not experienced it. (Considering that 50+ years ago when he was in college, I’m not sure that there were many coed colleges and universities, so why are media outlets paying him money to write about this in the first place?) Fortunately, dinosaurs like him won’t be around forever.
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