Today begins Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention month -- and American University is in an uproar over an anti-feminist diatribe in the student newspaper charging that some women who survive date rape invited it.
Emma Greenbaum hands a petition to Matt Brown on the campus of American University to protest a column in the student newspaper on date rape.
"Let's get this straight: any woman who heads to an EI [fraternity] party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy's room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK?" columnist Alex Knepper, 20, wrote in the Eagle, the school paper.
"To cry 'date rape' after you sober up the next morning and regret the incident is the equivalent of pulling a gun to someone's head and then later claiming that you didn't ever actually intend to pull the trigger," he said.
The column -- "Dealing With AU's Anti-Sex Brigade" -- sparked a backlash and nearly 300 online comments on the newspaper's Web site, chastising the Eagle for being "open-facedly offensive" and publishing a "slap in the face to so many women, and men, in our generation.
Students bombarded the Eagle's office, gathering the March 28 issue from dispensaries and stacking them outside the door. More protests were planned today as letters to the editor poured in to the newspaper.
Others from American's Community Action for Social Justice Coalition (CASJC) hung a sign: "No room for rape apologists."
Knepper, an openly gay political science major and a two-year columnist with the Eagle, is known as a provocateur, according to CASJC member Drew Franklin.
"It's not typical of what you see at American, a very liberal school, but it is typical of Alex," he said. "This sparked a lot of outrage. It's a pretty big deal on campus."
Franklin, 22, and an audio production major, said he wasn't protesting Knepper's ideas, but rather the platform the newspaper gave the writer for "hate speech."Of course it has. How could it not, after a "provocateur" questioned the wisdom of chicks guzzling gallons of booze and expecting the similarly soused horny dude she goes back to the dorm room with to back off when she has a change of heart? To suggest that female students exercise some caution and self control and not put themselves in such situations the first place--isn't that the very definition of "hate speech"? And should you dare even question why only the drunken male and never the drunken female bears responsibility for what ensues while both are in a drunken stupor--why, that's the unconscionable "marginalization" of sexual assault victims, right? Because for it to be anything else would cause campus noggins, crammed full of specious p.c. notions about drunken frat party gropings constituting some sort of "date," to 'splode.
The Eagle has since apologized...
Would these same chicks get blotto, go stand in the middle of a busy intersection, and expect to not get hit by an oncoming vehicle?