The Washington Post’s college rankings for incidences of sexual assault against female students emits a whiff of overcooked faux data, an odor familiar to Americans since the 1960s. The infamous list, published last week. encompasses some classy colleges.
Of course, there is no defense for rape and violent sexual assault. However, judging by the Berserker attack by feminists claiming that up to 25% of college women are raped, the obvious question is, have we created the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses by flinging open the doors to the wrong sort of male students, possibly through outreach to the disadvantaged? Or by increasing the number of female students from nearly none, to a national average of 57% of total enrollment?
Throw in the ease of contraception, documented female promiscuity in high school, and changing standards of sexual self-identification, colleges are — literally — student breeding laboratories without the bother of making babies.
The term “gentleman” was used to describe college males until the 1960s, when higher education began to change its character by opening up admissions to marginal applicants. Concomitantly, colleges chose to accommodate every faddish cause that appeared, which separated the old school gentlemen from the mob of protesting students, mostly from previously unqualified segments of the general population . At the University of Virginia, college “men” wore ties to class as late as 1970 in the midst of anti-war, black power, and women’s rights protestors in jeans and tie-dyed T-shirts.
Going back to the 1950s, campus rapes by students were either non-existent or way under-reported. It would have been widely reported if a rape allegedly occurred involving college students. Yet, today’s feminist retrospective conjures up a non-existent occurrence scenario as the reality, consistent with today’s modus operandi. More likely the feminist man-haters — and co-ed undergraduates high on women’s studies – have dramatized and criminalized what college students naturally do when thrown together with alcohol and freedom from parental observation. In today’s wrought-up activist hindsight, heavy petting becomes rape if a female so chooses.
Today’s sudden onslaught of college sex scandals cannot all be true. Once in two or three blue moons a rape is reported on a college campus based on police reports. The rapist is often not a student, or is a scholarship football or basketball athlete. What feminists and their male fellow travelers really want are star chamber powers of prosecution that the accused cannot defend against, and the power of the Inquisition to punish the perpetrators after conviction.
This desire is born of frustration because the police rarely concur with accusations of rape by female students with no physical evidence. By empowering campus kangaroo courts — now legally required by executive order of Barack Obama — the inconvenience of following the law is not needed.
With millions of students of different sexes living, studying, and partying in close proximity, campuses should be on fire with outrage instead of the phony anger created by cliques of fire-ball feminists lobbying the federal government to punish the male race for sexual assaults no one can prove. The infamous Duke lacrosse case makes the point: With no evidence, the radical Left academic community basically declared class war against the three students.
Now, relying on questionable evidence, the radical feminist community nationwide has upped the ante and declared class war on maleness itself. In the end, the Duke students were declared innocent and due damage payments. When it is realized that 99% of college men are proved innocent, the current phony war by the delusional Left will fade away. But the males wrongfully charged will remain stained for life — sacrificial lambs slaughtered by politically generated feminist lies.