Re: You Can’t Say That

by Carol Iannone

To add another layer of double standards to Nathan’s excellent analysis below, feminism also sends mixed messages: that young women are the same as young men, having gargantuan sexual appetites and seeking uninvolved satisfaction of them; but also that as women, they are ever liable to feel abused, insulted, or coerced at any moment. This view of the expansive and ever-elastic female sexual nature is also disseminated through lying specimens of popular culture like Sex and the City, which made it seem that women can endure any level of sexual rejection and humiliation, and yet appear cheerful the next day in the coffee shop to giggle over it with BFFs. This is pornographic propaganda. Kobe Bryant’s trouble in being accused of sexual assault may have begun when he asked a woman if he could ejaculate in her face. She found that a “degrading comment.” Imagine that. 

Furthermore, other filthy specimens of popular culture, like South Park, Family Guy, and Borat, also encourage openly expressed vulgarity, obscenity, and pathologically scatological “humor,” and destroy all barriers regarding what is permissible to say in ”mixed company.” This can mislead real-life young men about what is acceptable.  

But what does Nathan mean when he says: ”Speaking from my own observations, college can be a sexually hostile environment for many students”? Is he implying that some of the objections to the new sexual-harassment rules — that even jokes and casual comments can be blown up into “harassment” — are misplaced, that there really is a hostile environment for women? 

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