Skip to comments.NOW Demands Wall Street Journal Fire Columnist James Taranto for Promoting 'Rape Culture'
Posted on 02/18/2014 10:50:18 AM PST by SAVEOURSOULS
The National Organization for Women that deeply principled hive of feminists who never supported the impeachment or resignation of Bill Clinton for lying in a sexual harassment case has demanded The Wall Street Journal fire columnist James Taranto for arguing against the bizarre notion that the drunker a woman gets, the more guilty a man is for being sexually involved with her.
Taranto was painted as determined to enhance a rape culture by daring to argue in his Monday "Best of the Web Today" column that its a drunkenness double standard to say a womans intoxication is an aggravating factor for a man accused of assault:
If two drunk drivers are in a collision, one doesn't determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver's sex. But when two drunken college students "collide," the male one is almost always presumed to be at fault. His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him.
NOWs press release energetically distorted Tarantos point, implying the feminist idea that in any rape accusation, there is verdict first, evidence afterward a male rapist and a female victim:
In his Monday Wall Street Journal column, James Taranto stated that in sexual assault cases where both the victim and rapist are drunk -- both parties are equally to blame for the attack.
Taranto even went as far as to compare rape to a car crash involving two drunk drivers saying, "one doesn't determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver's sex."
Surely this ugly kind of victim-blaming is beneath the dignity of The Wall Street Journal. Approximately one in four young women will be sexually assaulted during their college career - an alarming statistic that should spur all of us to seek effective policies to provide services to rape survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes. But Taranto seems determined to maintain or even deepen the rape culture that pervades campuses and indeed much of U.S. society. What does that say about The Wall Street Journal?
If NOW really cared about a "rape culture," they would have demanded an answer when Juanita Broaddrick came forward on national television in 1999 and accused Clinton of rape in a Little Rock hotel room. They accepted Clinton's dodgy talk-to-my-lawyer defenses to reporters. They've had no credibility for decades now -- if the accused rapist will preserve abortion rights, then there is no real controversy.
Lets now go back to Tarantos actual point:
As the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education notes, at some campuses the accuser's having had one drink is sufficient to establish the defendant's guilt:
Stanford's definition of consent to sex imposes a concept that is foreign to most people's idea of adult consent and inconsistent with California state law. Stanford policy states that sexual assault occurs "when a person is incapable of giving consent. A person is legally incapable of giving consent . . . if intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol." In other words, any sexual activity while intoxicated to any degree constitutes sexual assault. This is true even if the activity was explicitly agreed to by a person capable of making rational, reasoned decisions, and even if the partners are in an ongoing relationship or marriage.
In theory that means, as FIRE notes, that "if both parties are intoxicated during sex, they are both technically guilty of sexually assaulting each other." In practice it means that women, but not men, are absolved of responsibility by virtue of having consumed alcohol.
That is self-evidently unjust, yet it turns out to be a matter of high principle for many feminists. Last fall Slate's Emily Yoffe, the mother of a college-age daughter, was the target of a Two Minutes Hate for a post titled "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk," even though she offered the same advice to college men: "If I had a son, I would tell him that it's in his self-interest not to be the drunken frat boy who finds himself accused of raping a drunken classmate."
Yoffe was also accused of promoting "rape culture." But NOW never asked for Yoffe to be fired. She wasn't male enough, apparently.
The assumption that NOW would every be happy is silly. They are the angry bee hive.
Then the drunker the man is the less culpable for rape he is (a self limiting condition I know).
You could say this about anyone walking around with male genitalia. The NAGS need to lighten up. There aren’t any males who want to “rape” them. They aren’t our type.
Taranto's recent screed is not his first misogynist claim. On January 6, he said that the growing number of illegitimate children was a product of the "rise of female careerism" and women's choices given their access to abortions and birth control when he said, "the vast majority of children who are growing up without fathers are doing so in large part because of their mother's choices."
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The NOW nags are drunk with ego and hubris,...and generally very guilty.
I was around when the radical feminist movement was starting. Those original fem-Nazis were some of the bitterest, angriest, anti-American/anti-male persons to ever infest this country.
Iron my shirt and make me a sammich.
Quite sincerely, ‘Pod.
Someone needs to ask why.
If these gorgons know anything about how men and women have sex, it’s onlybecause they read about it in Cosmo.
Every time one of these people bring up something like this, they should be asked if Monica was drunk, or if Juanita was drunk. They have no crediblility and should be told that. Neither does Hillary!!
This is just the all men are rapists stuff the NAGS started in the 70’s. They’re just a little more subtle about it now.
The “traditional” male approach to getting laid, at least according to the media, is to pick up a drunk chick at some bar and take her home.
I wonder how many of the men who do this are aware that it is by definition rape, according to the dominant ideology in this country. Are they aware of how utterly vulnerable they make themselves by doing so to an accusation that will ruin their lives, even if they wind up not going to jail?
It’s kind of a Russian roulette approach to sex.
Are they referring to “rape,” or “rape-rape?”
Whoopsie Goldturd said the former was okay.
I love bees, who are hard working and useful, so I find your comparison highly insulting!