I don’t have the slightest wish to trivialize rape or sexual assault. It’s campus vigilantes who are doing that. They are also determined to demolish anyone who dispenses perfectly sensible advice, such as counselling female students not to drink themselves into oblivion lest they do something they may later regret.
Last month, the former president of George Washington University, Stephen Tractenberg, made the mistake of remarking, “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.”
Naturally, he caught it right between the eyes. So did Forbes contributor Bill Frezza, an MIT alumnus who wrote a piece provocatively titled Drunk Female Guests Are The Gravest Threat To Fraternities. His advice to men: “Never, ever take a drunk female guest to your bedroom – even if you have a signed contract indicating sexual consent. Based on new standards being promulgated on campus, all consent is null and void the minute a woman becomes intoxicated – even if she is your fiancée.” He was correct, but within hours, he and the column were summarily bounced.