Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Former Student, 23, Cleared Of Rape Charges After Drunk Friend Alleged That She Woke Up On Top Of Him

The only thing I have to say about this is: it's yet another reason why you shouldn't get so drunk that you don't know what you're doing. 
   One bit of rape crisis feminist dogma is that it is always impermissible to reference a woman's drunkenness in cases like this...so...should it also be impermissible to reference a guy's drunkenness? Not that I care about that sort of thing...but just wondering. At any rate: it wasn't smart to get that drunk. Which is not to say that it's his fault that he was falsely accused of rape, obviously. Nevertheless: given the current climate of hysteria, lunatic redefinitions of sexual assault, lowered standards of proof, and PC theories that "valorize" (to use an annoying old PC/pomo term) victims...guys really need to stay somewhere shy of shit-face drunk. Though, honestly, it's not clear that it would have helped at all in this case.


Blogger Pete Mack said...

Uh, seems to me the lesson is for girls too:after all, the guy was found not guilty.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, agreed--I kind of intended it to be an implied criticism of the view that women's drunkenness is never to be mentioned as a contributing factor.

Basically, I'm inclined to think that if you get blind drunk knowing that x is a real and relevant possible consequence of it, you bear at least a tiny bit of responsibility for x.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Pete Mack said...

Well yes. I completely agree that if you get shitfaced drunk, you bear some consequences of your actions thereunder. Back in the day, women bore all the consequences, even if their actions were essentially non-existent (which is to say: they were blacked out from strong punch.) Now, there are consequences for men too. Yeah, some are going to far on this. But there's certainly been some forward motion since the 1980s.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I'm not that sure there's been net forward motion, given the madness of the last 6 (?) years. I *think* there has been...but there was forward motion before that...then rape crisis hysteria got institutionalized with the Dear Colleague letter, and so on...

Anyway: it's not possible to completely solve this problem. But it *has* to be possible to find some room between the bad old days and the recent insanity.

In my experience, actual serial perpetrators are still getting away with it, while crazy laws are being used to advance political agendas against innocent people. It sometimes seems to be the worst of both worlds.

6:23 AM  

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