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Student Offers to Debate Feminists About the ‘Rape Epidemic’ and Guess What?

Posted on | June 1, 2016 | 6 Comments

UCSB students protested against rape in 2015.

University of California-Santa Barbara senior Andrew Cavarno decided to challenge the widespread claim that 1-in-5 college females are victims of sexual assault. With the support of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), Carvano scheduled an event called, “Is There a Rape Epidemic? Rape Hysteria, Due Process, and Free Speech.” Here is what happened:

This event was intended to be a panel discussion, with propositions from both sides of the argument. Yet, we have found it incredibly difficult to find anyone who is willing to present the affirmative position — that there is indeed a rape epidemic on college campuses, and that the measures taken by the universities to combat these problems are therefore fair / justified. We have contacted every single feminist studies professor at UCSB… but none are willing to present the affirmative position. In the words of the chair of the Feminist Studies Department, Professor Laury Oaks, “It is important to not have debates.”

In other words, having incited hysteria on university campuses, causing federal officials to impose new policies regulating student sexual behavior, feminists refuse to discuss the facts about this alleged “epidemic” of sexual assault. This unwillingness to talk about rape on campus is a reversal of the situation a year ago, when UCSB feminists led a 13-hour sit-in protest at the offices of university Chancellor Henry Yang. Despite the lack of response from campus feminists, Andrew Cavarno went ahead with his event May 18:

“There is absolutely no evidence of a rape epidemic on college campuses,” Cavarno said. “The word epidemic implies that there’s a sudden wave of sexual violence, or that things are getting worse — this is just not the case.” . . .
Pointing to an empty chair beside him, Cavarno emphasized that no one with an opposing view was present to make the case for the statistic, even after having sent out “hundreds of emails.”
“Why is that chair empty?” Cavarno asked, “If all the evidence is truly on that side, if it is beyond reproach, if there’s no reason to debate this, then why is this chair empty?” . . .
Cavarno argued that the way schools handle sexual assault often ruins the careers and social lives of men by unfairly branding them as rapists. Cavarno then wrapped up his speech saying “feminism teaches the notion that men are not deserving of empathy,” concluding that “schools should not adjudicate sexual assault.”

Carvano was interviewed by Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix:

Cavarno said he believes feminist professors, student activists and rape advocates are unwilling to participate in a two-sided discussion because they have already achieved complete hegemony over the conversation.
“They have nothing to gain from engaging with the other side,” he said. “They simply portray anyone who disagrees with the victim statistics as a sexist rape apologist, suggesting any skepticism could only be explained through bigotry or ignorance, rather than through genuine disagreement. This prevents people from questioning their narrative, for fear of being demonized as misogynistic or insensitive to rape survivors. This strategy effectively shuts down any meaningful opportunity to have a productive dialogue.”

Carvano is exactly right. Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It and, like all other totalitarians, feminists seek to exempt themselves from criticism by silence their opponents. Because their movement’s anti-male hate propaganda cannot withstand critical scrutiny, feminists engage in character assassination against anyone who questions their claims. The “complete hegemony” of feminists in academia means that no one in the faculty or administration will challenge the “campus rape epidemic” narrative for fear of being branded a “sexist rape apologist.” Only rarely does any student like Andrew Cavarno dare to speak the truth and, in doing so, expose the lies of feminism:  “It is important to not have debates.”

Professor Laura Oaks is paid $98,000 a year not to debate facts.



6 Responses to “Student Offers to Debate Feminists About the ‘Rape Epidemic’ and Guess What?”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 1st, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

    The only “rape epidemic” in the one Merkel imposed on the German people

    unless you want to talk about all those #TeachWomenNotToRape posts by Glenn Reynolds. That is arguably a bit of an epidemic.

    Jackie Coakley fesses up (a bit)

  2. jolly green
    June 1st, 2016 @ 4:02 pm


  3. M. Thompson
    June 1st, 2016 @ 4:27 pm

    You know who else didn’t debate: dictators and their thugs.

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