Jul 15, 2014
George Will Trolls Rape Victims, Has Probably Never Been Raped
Oh wow, George Will has committed his thoughts to paper again and they are very special. He says that colleges and the White House have made being a sexual assault victim a “coveted status.” He says it is “preposterous” to believe that 20% of college-age women have been sexually assaulted while in school, since this number does not match the amount of college women who actually report being sexually assaulted.
Yes, how strange that a young woman between the ages of 18-22 might not formally report the most embarrassing, shameful and upsetting event of her life to an official who is likely a total stranger! How wacky and unusual and weird! How peculiar!
Here is a true thing George Will may not know because he has maybe never been raped (we hope he has never been raped!): rape is shameful. Rape is embarrassing. Rape is not the kind of thing one happily sings from the rooftops. And rape as a concept is nuanced and complex and does not always lend itself to soundbites and easy definitions. The same is true of all forms of sexual assault.
Check out an excerpt from his column in the Washington Post.
Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.
And he goes on. Witness Will calling out a rape victim for not being a rape victim, using this excerpt from an article on Swarthmore in Philadelphia magazine:
“They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. .?.?. And then he started again a few minutes later, taking off my panties, taking off his boxers. I just kind of laid there and didn’t do anything — I had already said no. I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. I let him finish. I pulled my panties back on and went to sleep.’”
George Will may have read this paragraph quickly (I understand; there is so little time, especially when we are writing about deeply nuanced situations!) because he missed this one particular part: she said no.
She said no.
She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no. She said no she said no she said no.
Did we mention she said no?
She didn’t say, “No” and then say, “You know what? I changed my mind. I’m down. Let’s do this thing!” That would have been perfectly fine and okay! But she did not say this. What she did was FUCKING SAY NO YOU FUCKING FUCKSTICK. And the fact that she was “tired” and kept her mouth shut when the guy did his thing (“his thing” being “raping her”)? Well, that doesn’t excuse anything.
She said no.
It doesn’t matter that she was wearing pajamas. It doesn’t matter that she was cuddling with the dude. It doesn’t matter that they had previously hooked up.
She said no.
Hey, maybe someday instead of trolling rape victims, George Will can write something calling on men to stop sticking their dicks into ladyparts and manparts attached to ladies and men who have not consented to said sticking? That would be really neat, if he did that. But it’s probably more fun and profitable, clickbait-wise, to criticize sexual assault statistics as “preposterous.”
Actually, no, let’s take that back. He’s right that the 1 in 5 women stat is preposterous. It is preposterous.
The statistic is undoubtedly much higher than that.
But don’t tell George Will; it’d likely blow his fucking mind all over his Typewriter of Justice.