Princeton Mom Calls Rape A “Learning Experience,” Says Victims Should Just Ask Their Rapists To Leave
I’m generally in a happy mood on most Fridays, but I am on the verge of throwing my laptop at the wall this morning after watching Princeton Mom’s latest bullshit-spewing interview about her thoughts on acquaintance rape.
Susan Patton, dubbed Princeton Mom for her degree from the esteemed University and, quite frankly, weird obsession with it, has become infamous for her “alternative” views on gender and relationship issues, including her idea that date rape isn’t real. So when CNN did a segment on campus rape yesterday, they, for some reason unbeknownst to every human in America, chose to bring on Princeton Mom as their guest. The interview was held for 10 minutes and 32 seconds, and it was 10 minutes and 32 seconds of some of the most ignorant, generalized statements I’ve ever heard in my life. Amidst her claims that she is a “sympathetic ear,” Patton managed to have this mind-numbing conversation with CNN host Carol Costello about rape on campus.
“I think what makes this conversation so particularly prickly is the definition of rape,” Patton said. “It no longer is when a woman is violated at the point of a gun or knife. We’re now talking about or identifying as rape what really is a clumsy hookup or a fumbled attempt at a kiss or a caress. How could that possibly —”
“You think that all it is?” Costello asked.
“In many cases that’s what it is,” Patton replied. “And we just heard the statistics. In many cases this is with a friend, this is in your own home.”
At this point, you could see Costello’s blood beginning to boil. “Most rapes happen between people who know each other,” she pointed out. “Whether you’re on campus or not.”
No matter, Patton said. “It makes one wonder, why do you not just get up and leave. Or why do you not as a woman tell a man who’s making advances that you’re not comfortable with, ‘You know what? Stop. Leave.'”
OHHHHH, RIGHT. THAT’S FUCKING GENIUS! WHY DIDN’T I THINK TO JUST ASK MY RAPIST TO LEAVE? MAYBE I’LL SEND HIM OUT WITH A GIFT BAG, TOO. I’LL BAKE SOME SCONES, GIVE HIM SOME CONDOMS AND CRAFT A “SORRY YOU COULDN’T VIOLATE ME” CARD OUT OF CONSTRUCTION PAPER. HE’LL LIKE THAT.
The interview continued.
When Costello asked Princeton Mom if she’s ever actually spoken to a rape victim, Patton replied with even more ignorance, saying that the victim she spoke to “got very drunk and had sex with a man that she regretted the next morning. To me that’s not a crime, that’s not rape. That’s a learning experience. That’s a learning experience that has to do with making choices and taking responsibility for the choices that you make.”
She then rambled on for a bit about how women should “know their limits” when it comes to drinking, and that there are measures women can take to protect themselves from such “violent crimes.”
“You can teach burglars not to steal,” Patton said. “But better advice: lock your door.”
Classic victim-blaming right here, ladies and gentleman. For an educated woman, Princeton Mom needs to get a fuckin’ clue.