Thursday, August 28, 2014

Men Who Say Things

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, VICTIM BLAMING, ALCOHOL USE]

You know how I often say that men should refrain from speaking on certain topics as much as possible? I know this makes a lot of you guys really mad, but it's actually good advice. I mean, I'm not saying thing (or anything) for your best interest, but a lot of times this policy really is in your best interest.

Case in point: Former president of George Washington University Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. He decided it was a good idea to talk about sexual assault problems on campus.

"Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women."


"They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave."


"And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much and there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children in that regard."



So we have "I don't want to victim blame, but it's the victim's fault for being drunk." And then "women need to be sober enough to commit violence that they will be punished for because of course the school won't punish men who violate a woman's boundaries." Kind of torn about that one because I mean, if you want to make it legal to punch any guy who's being pushy, cool. And then there's "getting drunk is just as much of a problem as rape. Let's teach this to children!"

Here's my formal response to Mr. Trachtenberg:


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