The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Wisdom of the Crapper
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Posted on | September 16, 2017 | No Comments

by Smitty

Because you didn’t ask for it: now you can follow 2D_ToiletSays on Twitter. Actually, I just got miffed at some Lefty who was trying to hijack the gag.

Feminist ‘Comes Out’ and Nobody Cares

Posted on | September 16, 2017 | No Comments

Charlotte Morabito is a Women’s Studies major and a queer feminist, but I repeat myself. She got her degree — actually a double major in Journalism and Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies — last year from Rutgers University, and now works for MSNBC.

Did I mention Charlotte Morabito is fat? Because her fatness is a subject Ms. Morabito has written quite a lot about, for example:

I was explaining to a friend and coworker how I experience fatphobia. I can tell when people have cast me aside because of my weight, I said. I can tell when people have judged me immediately based on my fatness. . . .
I’m talking about that disdain that fat people learn to spot quickly. I’m talking about that sense of superiority a lot of thin people have when they are interacting with a fat person. It’s that feeling we get when we can hear the disgust between each word they speak to us. It’s microaggression, and fat people learn to spot it as a mechanism to survive our daily lives.

Am I the only one annoyed by the sense of entitlement here? Ms. Morabito presumes to sit in judgment of other people’s preferences, condemning them for “fatphobia” and “microaggressions” if they in any way convey the impression that they don’t like her. You are morally obligated not to notice her rotundity, and are required to treat her as though she were as svelte as a supermodel, or else be condemned for your “disdain” and “disgust.” And she can tell, because fat people know you don’t like them, you thin people with your “sense of superiority”:

There’s a specific type of person that is most likely to engage in fatphobic microaggressions. They are the twenty-something, cisgender, middle class, white person. The women refer to themselves as fit — not thin (there’s apparently a huge difference). The men are preoccupied with lifting weights and eating enough protein. They judge fat people instantly.
They have taken on fitness and “health” as a part of their identity so when they see a fat person, they are conditioned to believe that this person just isn’t trying hard enough to change their body. The fat person in front of them becomes an affront to their deeply held worldviews. The fat person is offensive to them. And as much as they try to hide it?–?and some are better than others at hiding it?–?the offense seeps into that interaction and it is, at the very least, uncomfortable. At the very worst, unsafe.
These microaggressions are real.

She’s either clairvoyant or paranoid. Ms. Morabito’s mind-reading act — “I know you’re judging me, you skinny white cisgender people!” — is more than just a psychological projection, however. The obsession with “health” among yuppies was something Tom Wolfe commented on in Bonfire of the Vanities, describing the “social X-ray” women whose thinness was a form of status display, a visible expression of virtue.

The quest to obtain and maintain the perfect body is about sex, obviously. Talk about “health” all you want, but you can’t expect intelligent people to believe that you’re going to the gym five days a week and running three miles a day just because you want to be “healthy.” It’s about competing for partners in the mating market and, with the decline of marriage, the competition is remorseless. All those twenty-somethings on the treadmill at the gym are single, of course, and if fat people are “an affront to their deeply held worldviews,” as Ms. Morabito says, it’s because they can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t try to be as sexually appealing as possible.

Beyond the value of an athletic body in the sexual marketplace, however, the “health” obsession functions as a marker of socioeconomic status. Like being vegan, for example. Dietary purity is virtue signalling, using food as a symbol of one’s social-justice “wokeness.” Whatever the actual health benefits of a meatless diet, the vegan is really showing her (and it’s almost always her) moral superiority to those slobs eating cheeseburgers from the drive-thru at McDonald’s. Being socially aware to the point of caring about “animal rights” is an elite attitude, almost exclusively found among college-educated liberals, in the same way that caring about “climate change” is typical of the elite class. But I digress . . .

 

 

Charlotte Morabito is a fat feminist and a queer feminist and, in an entirely predictable way, she’ll lecture us about the “intersectionality” of oppression between her fatness and her queerness:

I came out as fat to myself about five years ago. I also came out as bisexual to myself around the same time. Both were gradual and mutual processes.
“I think that there is a coming out process around being fat that is rarely discussed,” Dr. Carla Pfeffer, an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, wrote in an interview conducted over email. Dr. Pfeffer has done extensive research on the sociological implications of fatness and sexuality.
“People assume that since fatness is so visible, there is no need for fat people to come out as fat,” Dr. Pfeffer added. “But some people view coming out as fat as a way of taking back and reclaiming the discourse around fatness.”
According to sociologists Abigail Saguy and Anna Ward, “coming out as fat involves a person who is easily recognized as fat affirming to herself and others her fatness as a non-negotiable aspect of self, rather than as a temporary state to be remedied through weight loss.” . . .

(There’s a “discourse around fatness,” you see, and feminists are “reclaiming” it, one quart of Häagen-Dazs butter pecan at a time.)

A fat person admitting to themselves and others that their fatness is a part of their identity rather than something they have to change about themselves can be a radical act of self-love and acceptance. . . .

(Fatness is a “radical act” requiring “self-love and acceptance” and, of course, a steady supply of Häagen-Dazs butter pecan.)

Living in a fat body frequently complicates how a person experiences their sexuality and gender expression. “Because of the hateful and pervasive social messaging around fatness — that it is ugly, unhealthy, disgusting, unclean, and unattractive — many fat people often find it challenging to fully embrace sex and their sexuality,” Dr. Pfeffer said. . . .

(The thing about “sexuality” is that it proverbially takes two to tango. While it is possible to “fully embrace sex” alone, a life of masturbation is really rather pathetic, isn’t it? But just have another quart of Häagen-Dazs butter pecan, and try not to think about how sad your life is.)

Sexual erasure of fat people occurs whether the person in question is heterosexual or homosexual. The erasure becomes more difficult to navigate as the fat person’s sexuality or gender identity becomes more “deviant.” . . . Lesbian fat cis women must deal with the narrative that they chose lesbianism because their fat bodies make it impossible for any man to ever be attracted to them. . . .

(Gosh, where do these hateful stereotypes come from? Logic, perhaps?)

Like being publicly queer or trans, to be publicly and unapologetically fat is a political act. When a person is out as both unapologetically fat and unapologetically queer and/or trans, it requires an enormous amount of emotional labor that many thin, straight, and cis people take for granted. . . .

(In much the same way, sane people take their sanity for granted, and leave all the “emotional labor” to crazy Gender Studies majors.)

Bisexuality is frequently erased with the narrative that bisexual women are straight women who are “just experimenting.” . . .

(And the “experiment” proves bisexuals are crazy and desperate.)

Coming out as queer or trans is a political act. To come out means that a trans or queer person is insisting on being visible in a heteronormative society that wishes to erase their sexuality and gender identity. . . .
Having to defend oneself and one’s identity constantly is exhausting to the point that I wonder if coming out (as either fat or queer) to everyone I meet is really worth it. Does this mean I’m ashamed of who I am? No. It means I value my self-care.

To which America answers: “Who cares?”

Those of us old enough to remember the 1980s know that dramatic notions about the importance of “coming out” gained urgency from the AIDS crisis. Rock Hudson had been one of the greatest leading men in Hollywood history, and when he appeared on the cover of the National Enquirer, gaunt and emaciated, this was startling to many people who never in a million years would have guessed he was gay.

Rock Hudson with Elizabeth Taylor in 1956 (left) and in 1985 (right).

It is absurdly insulting for Charlotte Morabito to suppose that a college girl “coming out” as bisexual is a “political act” as significant as gay men coming out during the height of the AIDS epidemic 30 years ago. And as for her “coming out” as fat — well, this is just a bad joke.

Bisexuality has become so trendy among college girls that it seems almost de rigueur, as if “college girl” is just a slang synonym for queer.

As LGBT identities have become commonplace, and normalized in the culture, this has had the ironic effect of making perversion boring.

What was once taboo is now utterly ordinary. No one is shocked at a young feminist’s declaration of queer identity, because we assume that feminists are all queer to some extent, even the ones who aren’t fat.

Seriously — Feminism Is Queer is the title of a Women’s Studies textbook by Professor Mimi Marinucci of Eastern Washington University. Feminism in the 21st century is as contemptuous of heterosexuality as it is of capitalism, Christianity and the Republican Party. Heterosexual women are simply not welcome in the feminist movement anymore, and far be it from me to argue with Professor Marinucci about this.

 

Also, because beauty standards are “toxic,” as another queer feminist has argued, good-looking women don’t belong in feminism, either.

Fat women, ugly women, queer women — this is who feminism is for.

And they wonder why Hillary lost the election . . .



 

In The Mailbox: 09.15.17

Posted on | September 15, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


Please submit your links for tomorrow’s FMJRA and Sunday’s Rule 5 post by noon tomorrow and noon Sunday, respectively. Your contributions are very much appreciated!


OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: Mid-Century McMaster & Julie Adams
Michelle Malkin: Never Forget – Muslim Hate Crime Hoaxes
Twitchy: If True, CNN’s Response To Clay Travis’ “First Amendment And Boobs” Is Priceless
Louder With Crowder: #BenAtBerkeley – Watch Ben Murderize Left’s Argument For Abortion
According To Hoyt: Politics, Creativity, And Loudness
Monster Hunter Nation: MHI Bullets For Charity
Vox Popoli: Gab Belatedly Files Suit


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Podcast #56 – The Weather Porn Episode, also, Friday Hawt Chicks & Links – The “Whitey Is Racist!” Edition
American Power: Stunned Brooke Baldwin Ends Segment After Clay Travis Proclaims His Belief In “First Amendment And Boobs”, also, Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book Of Joan
American Thinker: Unapproved Thought Is Violence
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Politico Lies About Guns Friday
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For September 15
Da Tech Guy: Let It Slide…Safe At Home, also, When Everything’s A Big Deal, Nothing’s A Big Deal
Don Surber: Scraping Bottom At NBC, also, Presidential Flocculation
Dustbury: A Miner For A Heart Of Zinc
Fred On Everything: Fred Declares Month Off – Earth Wobbles In Orbit, Kingdoms Fall
The Geller Report: 86 Hindus Killed In Rohingya Jihad Massacres, 200 Hindu Families Flee Burma
Hogewash: Blognet, also, Team Kimberlin Post of The Day
Jammie Wearing Fools: Failed Presidential Candidate Declares War On Facebook
Joe For America: Who’s Sick About Comedian Steve “Mudflap” McGrew?
JustOneMinute: How ‘Bout That Tribe? also, Is London Burning? How About Berkeley?
Power Line: Memo To CNN – They Don’t Call It The “Boob Tube” For Nothing, also, Sanders Admits His Health Plan Will Bankrupt America
Shark Tank: Governor Scott Rejects Call To Postpone Special Election In Miami
Shot In The Dark: For Once, Allahpundit Is The Pollyanna
The Jawa Report: Hamza Who? also, Pat Condell States The Obvious
The Political Hat: When Does A Drag Queen Achieve Peak Wokeness? Eight Years Old
This Ain’t Hell: Harvard Rescinds Fellowship Offer To Traitor, also, Eric Smith’s Silver Star Upgraded To Navy Cross
Weasel Zippers: Nork Peace Committee Says U.S. Should Be “Beaten To Death” Like Rabid Dog, also, Stacy’s Crazy Cousin John (D-AZ) Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Halt Trump Transgender Ban
Megan McArdle: Trump is Ready To Sell Out His Base
Mark Steyn: A Bargain At Only $250 Per Second, also, Everything But That


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Exactly How Did @BenShapiro Become Berkeley’s ‘Kazika the Mad Jap’?

Posted on | September 15, 2017 | No Comments

“As conservative radio host Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California Berkeley, protesters swarmed outside chanting various slogans. . . . Berkeley police said there were no reported injuries due to violence and no reports of any damage to property Thursday, as the crowd swelled to nearly 1,000 people.”
CNN

Probably none of those Berkeley protesters would get the headline allusion to Hunter S. Thompson. Even if you explained it to them, they’d still be offended, because college students are offended by pretty much everything nowadays. Last night’s speech by Ben Shapiro didn’t provoke a riot in Berkeley, and some people are probably disappointed, considering the intensity of headline hype that preceded the event.

Berkeley braces for visit
by right-wing speaker Ben Shapiro

The University of California, Berkeley will seal off large parts of its campus like a fortress with a closed perimeter and a “very large” visible police presence Thursday, when the birthplace of America’s free speech movement faces its next potential clashes.
City and campus authorities anticipate demonstrations at a speech by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor, and are preparing for possible violence with a variety of new strategies and tightened security.
For the first time in two decades, officers will be armed with pepper spray after the city council modified a 1997 ban at an emergency meeting this week.
The tactics to boost security are the latest indication of growing frustrations in Berkeley and other liberal cities that have become targets of violent political protests since the election of President Donald Trump and battlegrounds for extremist groups that support and oppose him.
“We have seen extremists on the left and right in our city,” said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, a Democrat who backed the police request to use pepper spray. “We need to make sure violence is not allowed.”

This reminded me of the wrestling hype HST wrote in his youth:

There was a time, about ten years ago, when I could write like Grantland Rice. Not necessarily because I believed all that sporty bullshit, but because sportswriting was the only thing I could do that anybody was willing to pay for. And none of the people I wrote about seemed to give a hoot in hell what kind of lunatic gibberish I wrote about them, just as long as it moved. They wanted Action, Color, Speed, Violence…. At one point, in Florida, I was writing variations on the same demented themes for three competing papers at the same time, under three different names. I was a sports columnist for one paper in the morning, sports editor for another in the afternoon, and at night I worked for a pro wrestling promoter, writing incredibly twisted “press releases” that I would plant, the next day, in both papers.
It was a wonderful gig, in retrospect, and at times I wish I could go back to it — just punch a big hatpin through my frontal lobes and maybe regain that happy lost innocence that enabled me to write, without the slightest twinge of conscience, things like: “The entire Fort Walton Beach police force is gripped in a state of fear this week; all leaves have been canceled and Chief Bloor is said to be drilling his men for an Emergency Alert situation on Friday and Saturday nights — because those are the nights when ‘Kazika, The Mad Jap,’ a 440-pound sadist from the vile slums of Hiroshima, is scheduled to make his first — and no doubt his last — appearance in Fish-head Auditorium. Local wrestling impressario Lionel Olay is known to have spoken privately with Chief Bloor, urging him to have ‘every available officer’ on duty at ringside this weekend, because of the Mad Jap’s legendary temper and his invariably savage reaction to racial insults. Last week, in Detroit, Kazika ran amok and tore the spleens out of three ringside spectators, one of whom allegedly called him a ‘yellow devil.’”
“Kazika,” as I recall, was a big, half-bright Cuban who once played third-string tackle for Florida State University in Tallahassee, about 100 miles away — but on the fish-head circuit he had no trouble passing for a dangerous Jap strangler, and I soon learned that pro wrestling fans don’t give a f–k anyway.

Indeed, and like pro wrestling fans on the fish-head circuit, the naive young “progressives” at Berkeley don’t care whether Ben Shapiro is actually a “far-right” personality or not. He once worked for Breitbart, and because Breitbart is connected to Trump (via Steve Bannon), the Antifa dimwits figure Shapiro must be a dangerous white supremacist.

Or maybe they just don’t give a f–k whether this is true or not.

What matters to the Left, and to their cheerleaders in media, is the myth that Republicans are the suit-and-tie facade of a “far-right” movement determined to turn America into a vast concentration camp, a dystopia where everybody who doesn’t conform to some Eisenhower-era model of bourgeois suburban respectability lives in a state of perpetual fear.

This is a paranoid delusion. Even in the (alleged) Bad Old Days of “McCarthyism,” there were still plenty of beatniks, socialists, homosexuals and dope-addled jazz musicians living in urban bohemian enclaves like Greenwich Village and, of course, Berkeley. (Roger Kimball’s book The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America is the best introduction to the beatnik-era counterculture.) Because the Left now controls both the education establishment and the journalism industry, however, the Eisenhower era has been re-imagined as the Dark Night of Fascism in America, to which the “right-wing” extremists are forever scheming to return us — and they certainly will, if you don’t VOTE DEMOCRAT!

It’s really that simple.

All the fish-head circuit wrestling hype portraying Ben Shapiro as a Dangerous Right-Wing Menace is inspired by the crude partisanship of Democrat operatives with bylines, who wake up every morning, have a cup of coffee, then go to work making up lies about Republicans.

If only the demonized right-wingers would do something to justify all this fear-mongering! Ben Shapiro running amok, tearing the spleens out of ringside spectators who called him a “Zionist dog” — now that would be a spectacle worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra security required to protect Shapiro in Berkeley. However, like the former Florida State tackle billed as a “dangerous Jap strangler,” Shapiro is scarcely the menace the Berkeley leftists imagine him to be. The paranoid fear-based ideology of the Left requires symbolic enemies who can serve as the focus of their hatred, and any conservative who comes within their field of vision will do. Shapiro turned it right back on them:

“Thanks to antifa and the supposed anti-fascist brigade for exposing what the radical left truly is,” Shapiro said in his speech, referring to anti-fascist, or “antifa,” activists.
“All of America is watching because you guys are so stupid. It’s horrifying, I am grateful, and you can all go to hell, you pathetic, lying, stupid jackasses,” he said.
Shapiro noted that campus officials had said increased security measures had cost the school more than $600,000.
“That is not due to me, it’s due to the antifa, hard-left morons who are out there breaking windows,” he said. . . .
Shapiro slammed protesters who had previously rioted when right-wing speakers visited the famously liberal campus and who had put up signs and posters condemning his speech Thursday, while praising law enforcement.
“These are the folks that stand between civilization and lawlessness,” Shapiro said of the police, saying “the only people who are standing between those ATMs and the antifa are the police, and all they get from the left is a bunch of crap.”

In the Trump Age, hyped-up fears of “fascism” and “white supremacy” lead to ridiculous behavior and rhetoric from the Left. Shapiro didn’t even vote for Donald Trump, and is against the so-called “alt-right.”

Facts don’t matter to Democrats. Their cult mentality (and liberal media bias) insulates them from reality. Obama’s presidency was, for them, an eight-year vacation which they expected to continue under Hillary. When Trump unexpectedly won, Democrats surrendered to Fear and Loathing, and their nightmare delusions of a Nazi revival are so deranged that they can imagine Ben Shapiro as Hitler in a yarmulke.



 

 

 

This Tweet Wasn’t Intended To Insult Zep

Posted on | September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Smitty

Is there anybody under the sun who isn’t responsible for The Royal Drubbing? I voted against Her Majesty, so it’s my fault, too. Even though the Royal Personage took the Commonwealth on the strength of Her lackey, Governor Spittoon.

In The Mailbox: 09.14.17

Posted on | September 14, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: Is Trump Rolling Over For Pelosi And Schumer?
Twitchy: Ready To Rumble? Ben Shapiro Dumps More Cold Water On Snowflakes
Louder With Crowder: Flashback – Bernie Sanders Says Medicare For All Would “Bankrupt America”


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Don’t Shoot The Fat Messenger
American Power: Black Sabbath, “Iron Man”
American Thinker: Swamp Thing Luis Gutierrez Doubles Down
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Burger-Bot News
BattleSwarm: JJ Watt – $33 Million. Four Networks & 130 Celebrities – $44 Million
Bring The HEAT: Space-X Has A Sense Of Humor
Da Tech Guy: I Was Wrong On Trump And DACA, also, Stacy McCain In Massachusetts Day 5 (Has links to all relevant posts, FYI)
Don Surber: What Trump Gets Out Of The Deal
Dustbury: Technical Distort
The Geller Report: Patent Office Approves Stop Islamicization Of America Trademark
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day
Jammie Wearing Fools: Antifa Terrorists Claim Violence Is Necessary, also, Dreamy! Sanctuary City Illegal Alien Runs Over Cyclists, Had BAC Of .266
JustOneMinute: Is This A Deal Or An Attempted Stampede? also, Share The Yawn
Power Line: The Franken Fallout, also, It’s Official – Democrats Now Socialist Party Of America
Shark Tank: Sports TV Anchor Says American Flag Stands For Racism
Shot In The Dark: What Could The Explanation Be?
The Jawa Report: And Now…Rocket Bloopers, also, He Doesn’t See Us Azzam
The Political Hat: The Totalitarian Vanguard, Crushing Free Speech, Slapping Into Wokefulness, and Die Geistesdammerung
This Ain’t Hell: Gutierrez Whines Kelly Is “Mean”, also, Bradley Manning Now A Scholar
Weasel Zippers: Pope Shills For Islam On 9/11 Anniversary, also, Defiant Hillary Tells Dems “I’m Not Going Anywhere”
Megan McArdle: Equifax Made Life Easier. Now We See The Cost.


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Transgender Cult Update: Woman, 60, Assaulted by Activists in London

Posted on | September 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

Maria MacLachlan, a 60-year-old woman, was attacked by transgender activists Wednesday evening at London’s Hyde Park, where feminists had gathered at Speakers’ Corner after the venue for their event, featuring Professor Julia Long, had been canceled due to “safety concerns.”

Feminist critics of the transgender movement have been accused of “hate,” labeled “TERFs” (trans-exclusive radical feminist) and “no-platformed” by universities throughout Great Britain. Online threats against “TERFs” are now commonplace, but Wednesday in Hyde Park, this escalated to actual violence. MacLachlan says young trans activists began chanting “TERFs attack, we fight back!” while she was recording video, “then suddenly some kid in a hoodie ran past me and tried to knock the camera out of my hand but it was attached to a loop round my wrist so he came back at me, I think trying to get my camera”:

I was determined not to let him get my camera and I was also terrified that my glasses were going to get broken because then I wouldn’t be able to see. I don’t remember much else except that somehow I ended up on the ground and it felt like a few of them were punching and kicking me and it seemed to last for ever but I guess it was just a few seconds. I did hear people telling them to stop and presumably trying to pull them off but I’ve no idea who these people were or if anyone was really trying to help. Anyway, they finally got my camera which went flying somewhere.

Witnesses posted videos of the incident in London to YouTube, but the videos were removed as violating “Content Guidelines” at YouTube. Meanwhile, as reports of the London attack spread on social media, transgender activists — including pornographer “Zinnia Jones,” a/k/a “Satana Kennedy” — began mocking the victim and justifying the attack.

 

Wednesday’s event in London was organized to discuss proposed changes to Britain’s 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Transgender activists complain that the current law “forces people to jump through hoops and undergo deeply personal and intimate examination of their life.” Julia Long has contributed to a recent anthology about the “erasure” of women by transgender activists. Professor Long’s presentation Wednesday was followed by Miranda Yardley, a transgender woman who is critical of the activist agenda. “The ideology we are being fed has no basis in science, equity or morality,” according to Yardley, who posted a transcript of her remarks. “Any hope of compromise goes out of the window when there is not a single glimpse of daylight between what we are told is a ‘trans woman’ and what we understand to be ‘female’. Our rights to freedom of speech, expression and thought are taken away.”

UPDATE: Brendan O’Neill of Spiked Online takes notice:

“Trans activism increasingly looks like misogyny in drag.” Exactly!

 



 

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Campus Snowflakes Reduced to Tears After Being Confronted With Facts

Posted on | September 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

Christopher Rodgers, Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Fordham University is under investigation after he showed a video to dorm RAs (resident assistants) debunking the “1-in-5” myth of campus sexual assault. During orientation training last month, Rodgers showed the video from Prager U that points out flawed methodology in surveys that have been used to support the claim that 20% of female college and universities students are victims of campus sexual assault:

The video explains that the controversial statistic was based on a study based on anonymous online resources from 5,000 women at two universities, none of whose claims were verified.
Based on their responses, the authors and not the participants defined that 1,000 of those women had been victims of some manner of “non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact,” prompting sensationalist claims of a thriving “rape culture” and “campus rape epidemic” on campuses across the United States.
Contrary to the popular statistic, more comprehensive data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that only 1 in 52.6 college women are victims of rape and sexual assault over a period of four years.

The “1-in-5” myth is a ten-fold exaggeration of the actual incidence of campus sexual assault. Federal data indicate that the rate of sexual assault has declined sharply since the 1990s, and female college students are actually less likely to be raped than non-college women ages 18-24.

 

Dean Rodgers showed the RAs both the Prager U video and an excerpt of the “rape culture” documentary The Hunting Ground, presenting these as examples of competing political agendas around the issue of campus sexual assault. The reaction? These RAs — who are supposed to be mature student leaders, supervising younger dorm students — broke down in emotional trauma. One of the RAs complained:

I sat through the presentation a little longer and then left the room. I went to the bathroom where I found at least 10 other female RAs, many of whom were in tears.
It is my personal opinion that Dean Rodgers is not fit to hold his position as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. As a woman, as a student, and as a Resident Assistant I do not trust him to appropriately and sensitively handle cases of sexual misconduct. “Political context” has no place in discussions about sexual violence. . . .
If he cannot be trusted to take our emotional states into account and respect our opinions, criticisms, and views, why should I trust him to handle cases of sexual assault?

How about instead we just admit that coeducation is a failed experiment?

Fordham was originally founded as an all-male institution, but now 57% of undergraduates are female.The cost of sending your daughter to Fordham is $68,406 a year, including room and board. For that price, you might expect Fordham to acquaint the precious little darlings with facts and reality, but they can’t handle it. Why not just ban males from campus altogether? Turn it into a girls’ school, because the snowflakes are emotionally incapable of dealing with men, or with facts.

(Hat-tip: @TotesDeplorable on Twitter.)

 

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