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WHAT ABOUT BILL CLINTON’S? Why Is Bill Cosby’s Career Over, But Terry Richardson’s Isn’t? Actually, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy — it’s as if there’s some sort of White Rape Privilege going on here . . . .

UPDATE: Various commenters point out that it’s unfair to put Woody Allen — who faced charges that seemed very dubious — in with the others. That’s a fair point.


On Wednesday, Portland, Ore. police arrested Terrence Patrick Bean, who has been charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor last year. This man is not just any old guy accused of having sex with a 15-year-old – he’s a big-money Democratic donor and liberal political activist with connections inside the Obama White House. Bean raised more than a half-million dollars for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. . . .

A search of the Federal Election Commission’s campaign-finance database turns up thousands in donations every cycle by Bean to the Democratic Party’s most powerful leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. Barney Frank, among others. Photos of Bean posted online show him flying on Air Force One with Obama.

Although this report is in USA Today, I assume the major TV networks — which haven’t even covered Jonathan Gruber — will give this story a pass. Remember: Making sure you know what they want you to know is job #2 for them; making sure you don’t know what they don’t want you to know is job #1.

DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH: The University Policy That Fails Everyone.

Amid growing concern over sexual misconduct on American college campuses, the idea that the accused don’t deserve full legal representation has put some feminists and university administrators on the wrong side of morality and of the law. Fortunately, the reaction against this overreach is gaining ground, according to a new piece in the New York Times on lawyers who are pushing back against the way colleges handle these kinds of disciplinary proceedings. . . .

Rape is a horrible crime. To say that young people accused of rape are entitled to fair legal protections isn’t to endorse, defend, or enable rape. Nor is it to ignore the struggles that victims have in being believed or getting justice or protection. Sadly, some people have lost sight of these obvious facts.

Nevertheless, sending a few more lawyers to college campuses will not change the cultural conditions that have led to widespread sexual assault. The dysfunction of campus sexual assault policy—for the victims and the accused alike—traces to the mess that college life has become for many students. Where binge drinking, drug use, and the hook-up culture have taken hold, vulnerable young people are exposed to painful and damaging interactions. Meanwhile, administrators are often reluctant to address these toxic trends, and ill-equipped to handle the fallout.

Young women (and not only young women) are not helped by a culture that celebrates casual sex in an atmosphere of unrestrained use of alcohol and other drugs. Feminists and others are right that the situation on some campuses is unacceptable, but the “affirmative consent” paradigm seems like a dubious solution in this context.

The upside is that it will make some lawyers rich.

TEACH OBAMA SUPPORTERS NOT TO RAPE: USA Today: Top Obama bundler accused of child rape.

Conservatives complain that President Obama gets a free pass from the media, which acts as a de-facto public-relations shop for the Democrat in the White House. Never has that charge seemed truer than now as an ugly rape scandal unfolds on the west coast.

On Wednesday, Portland police arrested Terrence Patrick Bean, who has been charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor last year. This man is not just any old guy accused of having sex with a 15-year-old – he’s a big-money Democratic donor and liberal political activist with connections inside the Obama White House. Bean raised more than a half-million dollars for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

“Bean has been one of the state’s biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state,” reports “He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama.”

A search of the Federal Election Commission’s campaign-finance database turns up thousands in donations every cycle by Bean to the Democratic Party’s most powerful leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. Barney Frank, among others. Photos of Bean posted online show him flying on Air Force One with Obama.

The scandal is escalating. Earlier today, according to local media Kiah Loy Lawson, allegedly 66-year-old Bean’s 25-year-old former boyfriend, was arrested by the Portland Sex Crimes Unit for sexually abusing the same boy. After the relationship between the two men ended, Lawson went public with claims that Bean had a practice of secretly videotaping himself having sex with others.

​This story was first reported by the local press, and there have been vague references to sexual trouble for Bean and Lawson since June, but the national media has not picked it up. That oversight is politically convenient for President Obama as he tries to pull off one of his riskiest political moves ever with his amnesty executive order.

Telling you what they want you to know is job #2; not telling you what they don’t want you to know is job #1.

SADLY, AN “ACTUAL DEBATE” ABOUT A CHARGED SUBJECT AT AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL IS NEWS NOWADAYS: An Actual Debate About Rape At Brown. But don’t get too excited: “Since this is Brown, where then NYC police commissioner Ray Kelly was shouted down and prevented from speaking, the planning for the debate came with several indicators as to how students are supposed to feel.” Over sixty grand a year tuition for that. . . .

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Connecticut woman, 25, had sex with friend’s 10-year-old son while babysitting: police.

WORRIED ABOUT CAMPUS SEX? LOWER THE DRINKING AGE. “A vast majority of college women’s rape claims involve alcohol. Not long ago, 18-year-olds in many states could drink legally. College-sponsored events could openly involve a keg, with security officers on hand to ensure that things didn’t get out of hand. Since 1984, when the federal government compelled states to adopt a drinking age of 21, college alcohol policies have been a mockery. Prohibition has driven alcohol into private spaces and house parties, with schools largely turning a blind eye.”

THE PROBLEM WITH CAMPUS RAPE POLICY HAS REACHED THE PAGES OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, WITH JED RUBENFELD WRITING: “They are simultaneously failing to punish rapists adequately and branding students sexual assailants when no sexual assault occurred.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Local Elementary Teacher Indicted For 25 Counts Of Rape. “A local elementary school teacher was jailed and accused of rape of a child under the age of 13, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Lori Ann Anderson, 50, of Cridersville in Auglaize County, was arrested Friday on multiple charges that include obstructing justice and obstructing official business.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Woman performed sex acts on a 7-year-old boy, police say. “An Albuquerque woman photographed herself engaging in sex acts with a 7-year-old boy and told police she couldn’t promise to not do it again, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. Gwendolynn Lindgren, 34, was charged with criminal sexual penetration, among other things, after her husband told police he found photographs of her and the boy in emails on her cell phone.”

MILO YIANNOPOULOS: How British Police Cozy Up to Extremists in the Name of ‘Islamophobia Awareness.’ I suppose this explains why they were so anxious not to investigate the Rotherham rape scandals. By the way, have any officials been charged yet? Or, you know, lynched?

IT’S COME TO THIS: Ruth Marcus denounces campus sexual assault policies.

Ruth Marcus, a self-identified liberal and columnist for the Washington Post, had some harsh words for supporters of new campus sexual assault policies.

“[D]on’t drink so damn much,” Marcus wrote as advice from a parent to their daughter leaving for college.

That advice is crucial because, as Marcus wrote, “the line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear.”

Her advice as a parent to their son going off to college revolved around being sure that whoever they sleep with consents, because the “consequences of misjudgment can be life-shattering.”

As an example, Marcus relays the account of a Yale student accused of rape by a woman claiming she was too drunk to consent, even though she invited the male student over via text. Two months after the encounter, the female student emailed the male student accusing him of rape.

“Let’s just start with objective fact: you raped me,” she said in the email. “You are a rapist.”

Thirteen months after the night in question, the woman filed charges against the man. He was eventually found not guilty.

Marcus notes the outcome of situations such as the one at Yale hurts men and women.

“To a young woman who sincerely believes she has been raped but seems, at least from afar, to have been pushed by the prevailing culture into viewing a bad choice as a quasi-criminal event,” Marcus wrote. “To a young man who lived under the shadow of accusation and expulsion.”

That “shadow of accusation and expulsion” is far more damaging that Marcus lets on (or realizes). As with the case of Kevin Parisi, whose anxiety disorder was exacerbated by a prolonged investigation of a sexual assault complaint lodged against him. Parisi, like the Yale student, was found not guilty, but just being accused was enough to cause him irreparable harm.

So too was the case of the male student accused by Emma Sulkowicz, who now carries a mattress for performance art and to protest the university’s ruling in favor of the student she accused.

I’m beginning to believe that women are just too fragile to handle a college environment. Perhaps they should be kept at home until they marry, or at most sent to single-sex finishing schools.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ohio Elementary School Teacher Charged With Raping Her Son. “She likes teaching kids, young kids.”

OKAY, I GUESS “TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE” HAS OFFICIALLY BECOME A THING: Gloria Allred suing high school for alleged treatment of male sexual abuse victims. “Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred — well known for defending mistresses of famous people — appeared Tuesday at a press conference with the mothers of high school boys who were sexually abused by their female teacher.” Say what you like about Gloria — no, really, say what you like — but she’s got a good nose for a legal trend. . . .

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes Against 12-Year-Old Student. “Whitney Fair Mullen, 34, appeared in court Thursday morning in Senatobia, Mississippi on charges of molestation and sexual battery of a child. Mullen is a former teacher at Strayhorn Elementary School in Tate County. . . . With long hair hiding her face, the former teacher didn’t have anything to say about accusations after court on Thursday.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former substitute teacher arrested, charged with sexual battery. “Terry Fults, 34, of Twin Cedars Lane, Tullahoma, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with aggravated sexual battery. She was released Monday on a $100,000 bond.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Middle School Teacher Admits To Having Sex With Two Students. “Court documents show that the sexual contact happened in alleys, parks and in a parked car.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Accused rapist charged with prostitution. “After she was charged, police learned Abrams was wanted on an arrest warrant for third-degree rape stemming from an incident that occurred in 2013 in the town of Richmond.”

THE PROBLEM WITH “TEACHING MEN NOT TO RAPE” IS THAT rapists don’t care that it’s wrong.

Hell, we can’t even seem to teach women not to rape.

SULTAN KNISH: The Unbearable Lightness of Feminism.

In Nigeria and Iraq, Muslim armies are selling women as slaves. Iran hanged a woman for fighting off a rapist. ISIS was more direct about it and beheaded a woman who resisted one of its fighters.

But we don’t have to travel to the Middle East to see real horrors. The sex grooming scandal in the UK involved the rape of thousands of girls. The rapists were Muslim men so instead of talking about it, the UK’s feminists bought $75 shirts reading, “This is what a feminist looks like” which were actually being made by Third World women living sixteen to a room. This was what a feminist looked like and it wasn’t a pretty picture.

The same willful unseriousness saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a survivor of genital mutilation and an informed critic of Muslim misogyny, booted from Brandeis by self-proclaimed feminists. Meanwhile the major feminist cause at the moment is Gamergate, a controversy over video games which can be traced back to a female game developer who slept with a video game reviewer. Professional feminists have spent more time and energy denouncing video games than the sale and rape of girls in Nigeria and Iraq.

That is what feminism looks like and there is something seriously wrong with that. . . .

Professional feminists respond to the negative feedback by claiming that feminism is simply equality. But if feminism were equality, women, and for that matter men, wouldn’t dislike it so much.

A feminist looks like a professional activist wearing a $75 t-shirt made by slave labor while proclaiming that she is a feminist. It isn’t fighting for the rights of women that makes her a feminist. It’s the pricey fashion statement of someone who toots their own horn while exploiting less fortunate women.

The professional feminist is not there to help women, but to promote the agenda of the institutional left.

In that respect, it’s worth revisiting this 2006 essay by Eric S. Raymond: The Gramscian Damage.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Central Wash. school librarian avoids jail in sex case. “Under the deal approved Friday in court, 37-year-old Elizabeth Kinkade will serve nine months on electronic home monitoring.” I’m sure a male teacher would get the same deal.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ex-NFL Cheerleader Indicted For Raping 15-Year-Old. “Officials say Shattuck began seducing the boy back in May after she saw his picture on Instagram — and first got physical with him in the back seat of her car in a middle school parking lot.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Accused Female Child Sexual Predator Indicted. “Christine Yoder, 32, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by indictment in a case of child exploitation that involved the alleged sexual abuse of two minors, who were 6 years old and 16 months old at the time of the abuse, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.”

CATHY YOUNG: The MIT Rape Study and Other Sloppy Surveys.

The latest alarming numbers on campus sexual assault come from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology survey which supposedly shows that 17 percent of female undergraduates have been sexually assaulted during their time at the school. Writing in The Washington Post, columnist Catherine Rampell has invoked these findings as a rebuke to those who have criticized earlier studies for inflating campus sexual assault statistics. But, in fact, the MIT survey starkly illustrates the very problems those critics have pointed out.

For one, there is the issue of response bias, acknowledged at the end of survey itself: only 35 percent of the MIT students who received the survey answered it, and it’s entirely possible that people who have had unwanted sexual experiences were more likely to respond. But, more importantly, there is also a question of how sexual assault is defined.

It’s as if the studies are designed to produce the results they want or something.

VIA JUSTINE TUNNEY, a roundup on the Rotherham rape scandal.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE? WELL, THIS MIGHT HELP: Family files $11 million lawsuit after female teacher allegedly gives oral sex to student.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Rape Is Rape, Even When the Teacher Is a Woman. Even when.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Louisiana woman sexually abused 3-year-old boy, had sex with dog on video: police.

A Louisiana woman was caught on tape sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy and having sex with a dog, according to police.

Angeline Lodice, 26, was arrested Monday after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office police obtained several photos and videos of her alleged sexual acts, according to an arrest report.

One of Lodice’s relatives reached out to the 3-year-old boy’s father after receiving photos and videos of the encounter between Lodice and the boy. . . . Police did not say how Lodice knows the boy or the dog.

I blame the patriarchy.

IT’S SAD THAT SOMETHING SO OBVIOUS COUNTS AS A VICTORY, BUT IT DOES: Due process win: Washington Supreme Court rules burden of proof lies on accuser. “The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that those accused of rape are not responsible for proving they obtained consent. In a 6-3 ruling, the court said that requiring the accused to provide such proof to the preponderance of evidence standard violated constitutional rights.”

BOURBON WORKS, TOO: Treating emotional heartache with OTC pain relievers.

In college I was feeling bad about a breakup, and then, two Jack Daniel’s later, I felt fine. This was actually therapeutic, as I figured that anything that could be dispelled by two drinks couldn’t be all that bad. The realization was still there the next day, and in fact has served me well in general. Once you know that whatever upset you’re feeling can be dispelled by a couple of stiff drinks, you don’t even need the drinks to take it less seriously.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Texas woman broke into husband’s friend’s home, sexually assaulted him: police. “Megan Davis Hoelting, 31, allegedly snuck into the sleeping man’s bedroom in only a nightgown and began to perform fellatio, according to a felony criminal complaint. Her arrest Monday was her fourth this month.”

YEAH, BIG DEAL — IN NEW YORK CITY, WOMEN ARE BEING SPOKEN TO WITHOUT PERMISSION! ‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS.

ASHE SCHOW: Insight into how campus sexual assault panels are being ‘trained.’

Much of the focus on campus sexual assault has been on who should handle allegations. Those pushing the idea that the problem is widespread on colleges have demanded training for campus administrators.

If the Obama administration and proponents of certain bills claiming to end or reduce campus sexual assault get their way, the question will then become: “How will campus administrators be trained?”

This is something that should be just as frightening as “yes means yes” laws, or any other bill that doesn’t include due process rights for the accused, because the people being trained to adjudicate charges are not being taught objectivity.

K.C. Johnson — co-author of a book about the Duke Lacrosse rape case — recently discovered a guide for training college administrators in how to handle complaints of sexual assault. The guide was developed in 2012 by women at the University of Pennsylvania — the university’s general counsel, the director of the Office of Student Conduct and a consultant. The document also specifically thanks the input of the university’s Women’s Center.

The guide is meant to be copied and pasted for other schools to use when “training” members of student discipline panels. It flat out says to just replace certain portions of text with information relevant to the school.

The guide includes 17 “tips” for adjudicators. As Johnson notes, ten of these are neutral, but six seem to pressure panelists to vote guilty. The remaining “tip” could be read either way.

Of course, the very first tip is a restatement of the myth that one in five women will experience sexual assault during college.

The most harmful tip, though, is the one claiming that “False allegations of rape are not common.” The source for this claim comes from clinical psychologist David Lisak, who found that over a ten-year period, 5.9 percent of cases at “a major Northeastern university” were deemed to be false allegations. The UPenn guide also notes that “Other reputable research places the rate in the general population between 2% and 10%.”

A 1 in 10 chance of a false accusation is actually large enough that it should give panel members pause, but this guide frames false accusations as a “myth.”

Kangaroo courts. Why would anyone send a kid — especially a son — to institutions that would do this? Would you send a black kid to institutions with disciplinary manuals written by the KKK?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): Video: New Mexico Officer Cleared of Sexual Assault by Body Camera. “Arrested for drunk driving, an Albuquerque woman tried to flip the script on an Albuquerque Police officer, accusing him of sexual assault. Cops say when 23-year-old Deanna Griego was placed under arrest for DWI she tried to hatch a false sexual assault accusation against the cop who arrested her. The officer was wearing a lapel cam and the video contradicted her claims.”

Plus: “Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier told TheBlaze on Monday evening that police were not pursuing additional charges against Griego because, despite the apparent falsehood of her sexual assault claim, police did not want to set a precedent that could discourage other potential victims of sexual assault from coming forward.”

Don’t we want to discourage liars from lying?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: High School Dance Teacher, 37, Had Lesbian Sex With Girl, 16.

POOR ASHE SCHOW. SHE’S ALWAYS HAVING TO PLAY WHACK-A-MOLE WITH DISHONEST NUMBERS: No, 1 in 6 MIT undergraduates have not been sexually assaulted.

But I say, Why take chances?

ONE THAT RESPECTS DUE PROCESS RIGHTS, EVEN: An alternative to Congress’ campus sexual assault bill could be coming.

An anti-domestic violence organization has drafted legislation that would ensure the proper authorities – law enforcement – handle sexual assault accusations and not college administrators.

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, which bills itself as “a victim-advocacy organization working for legal reform,” first drafted its legislation a couple months ago in response to the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter forcing colleges and universities to implement new rape-prevention measures. The organization has edited their draft since then in response to new federal regulations and feedback from congressional offices.

The latest draft includes mandatory sexual assault prevention training for new students during college orientation, interim protection measures for accusers (such as counseling and changes in classes to remove accusers from situations where they feel threatened) and extra accountability through statistical reporting. . . .

“All allegations of campus criminal sexual assault that are brought to the attention of campus security or the campus disciplinary committee shall be immediately reported and referred by the personnel or committee to local law enforcement officials,” the draft says. “Exclusive jurisdiction for investigation and adjudication of the complaint shall reside with local criminal justice authorities.”

The SOS Act — not to be confused with the SOS Campus Act, which has already been introduced — also requires universities to treat acquitted students with respect and provide confidentiality.

“Absent a criminal plea agreement or verdict of guilt, colleges and universities shall respect and maintain the presumption of innocence with regards to the accused,” the draft says. “The accused shall enjoy the same confidentiality and privacy protections as the identified victim.”

This seems much fairer.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Half of MIT Students Think It’s Possible to “Accidently” Rape Someone (Thanks, Affirmative Consent!)

Media are reporting that one in six female undergraduates at MIT have been sexually assaulted (with this translating in some headlines and social media shares to “one in six have been raped”). But the MIT survey suffers from the same issues that plague previous studies on campus sexual assault.

First, the survey’s methodology: In April, MIT emailed its sexual assault survey to all 10,831 undergraduates and graduate students. Students could then opt to take the survey or not. Ultimately, 35 percent of MIT students did. But whenever you have an opt-in survey, those who self-select to take it are not necessarily representative of a given population. Or, as MIT researchers put it, “response bias is expected in virtually any voluntary survey, particularly one focused on a narrow topic. … the rates based on those who responded to the survey cannot be extrapolated to the MIT student population as a whole.”

It’s also worth noting that the definition of sexual assault—in both the MIT survey and previous campus sexual assault studies—is a broad one, including forced sexual penetration, forced oral sex, and unwanted “sexual touching” or kissing. Of course there are all sorts of levels of sexual assault, and just because something doesn’t approach the level of forced intercourse (i.e., rape) doesn’t mean it’s not a serious violation. But let’s be clear that MIT’s “1 in 6″ stat is decidely not about the number of students who are rape victims, nor is the much bandied-about “1 in 5″ college women stat.

So!, now that we’ve cleared up what the MIT study did not find, let’s look at what it did, starting with intriguing student attitudes toward sexual assault. Contra the affirmative consent crowd, it doesn’t seem that a lack of respect or enthusiasm for obtaining sexual content is a big problem: 98 percent of females and 96 percent of males agreed or strongly agreed that it’s important to get consent before sexual activity.

But students are confused about how alcohol and intoxication affect consent, which perhaps speaks to increasing progressive activism around the idea that drunk people can’t give consent. Only about three-quarters of respondents said they feel confident in their own ability to judge whether someone is too intoxicated to consent to sex. And more than half agreed that “rape and sexual assault can happen unintentionally, especially if alcohol is involved.”

I just want to repeat that one more time: Half of the MIT students surveyed think it’s possible to “accidently” rape someone. When you consider undergraduates alone, this rises to 67 percent.

This is what we get when people push an idea that rape is really often a matter of consent confusion or a drunken misunderstanding and not something that one person (the rapist) intentionally does to another. This is exactly what those of us opposed to affirmative consent standards mean when we worry about it muddying the waters of consent and confusing the definition of rape.

Good grief.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police Say Dance Teacher Admitted Lesbian Sex With 15-Year-Old Student. “Sabrina Antoinette Epps, 19, was arrested Sunday and is facing a charge of statutory rape by an authority figure. According to the Hendersonville Police Department, the 15-year-old victim was a student at the dance studio.”

HEH. I’D MISSED THIS PIECE BY SONNY BUNCH: Gawker: It’s Cool to Punish OTHER People for Their Words, Just Not Us.

They don’t quite understand the world they’ve created. They think it’s the worst thing in the whole world for Internet Tough Guys to make death and rape threats* and also that it’s cool to joke about Bristol Palin actually being physically assaulted by a man. Because stoopid Rethuglicans, you know? Most amusingly, they don’t even seem to understand the contradiction. So they get really butthurt when someone else whips up an Internet rage mob against them. “Don’t you understand?” they seem to be crying. “We’re the good guys here! We only take on bad people! Those Other people. That aren’t good. Like us!”

This is how you get to a place where Gawker Media is forced to talk out of both sides of its mouth, on the one hand callowly apologizing to readers (and, let’s be honest, advertisers) for one of its writers launching a disgusting pro-bullying attack on a marginalized group while simultaneously apologizing for the apology and denouncing anti-Gawker campaigns as little better than “fascism” in order to maintain their street cred with their bros. It’s a genius move, in a way, one that allows Gawker to tell the companies it relies on for revenue that it’s really and truly sorry while also doing nothing to alienate its core readership of angry progressive know-nothings.

But I can remember a time when Gawker Media was perfectly happy to take part in “fascist” campaigns to ruin the lives of those they disagreed with—or just, like, made a joke they didn’t like.

Gawker doesn’t like the world they made. I think a lot of other media folks are going to find out the same thing.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): When female teachers prey on male students, it’s no teenage fantasy.

But notice by the time Post columnist Petula Dvorak is done, the real victims are women.


Once upon a time, feminist writers at Salon and Washington City Paper were pushing a study that found women weren’t being given date-rape drugs in large quantities, and requesting the myth be put to rest.

But that was so 2009.

Now, when scholar Caroline Kitchens of the conservative American Enterprise Institute posts a video citing exactly the same study, she’s excoriated as a rape apologist — even by writers at Salon.

Single women must be motivated to vote for Democrats in November, so it’s not permissible to undercut the victimization storyline now.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former NC Teacher In Sex Offense Case Has Tattoo Of Victim’s Name.

A former Durham teacher charged with having sex with a high school student had a tattoo of the student’s name and initials, according to a search warrant obtained by CBS Affiliate WRAL-TV Friday.

37-year-old Michelle Smith White was charged in July with taking indecent liberties with a student and engaging in a sex offense with a student.

According to the documents, White formed a friendship with the female student in 2012, when the girl was 15, and it later evolved into a sexual relationship.

Remember, one reason male teachers are so scarce is that people fear they might be sexual predators.

THEY WEREN’T EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Police Say Three Armed Men Invaded Home and Attempted to Gang Rape 19-Year-Old — but They Didn’t Come Prepared for Grandpa.

TRUE: Pro Due Process Does Not Equate to Pro Rape.

Mr. Miltenberg insists his decision to sue a number of universities on behalf of male students who have been suspended or expelled following sexual assault accusations is not inconsistent with any of the above. He’s already filed four lawsuits—against Vassar College, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Drew University—will file several more before month’s end, and is consulting on 20 or so appeals at the college disciplinary level. In each, he is suing the schools for violations of the Title IX gender-parity law of 1972, contractual claims, unfair trade practices, as well as a number of tort claims.

If you feel like you’ve been reading more about campus rape of late, that’s because you have—most recently in a New York magazine cover story in September. The trend has been gathering steam since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights sent a letter to colleges nationwide on April 4, 2011, mandating policy changes in the way schools handle sexual assault complaints, including a lowering of the burden of proof from “clear and convincing” evidence to a “preponderance” of evidence. Not surprisingly, there has been a marked increase in women coming forward with such complaints.

That doesn’t bother Mr. Miltenberg at all. The man is not pro-rape, for God’s sake. What does bother him is the way that many schools have handled the complaints.

Every single one of the men he’s representing, Mr. Miltenberg argues, has suffered egregious due process violations in closed-door college hearings. (He also believes that his clients are innocent of the charges against them.) And that is how he has found himself in the decidedly impolitic position of not only defending those accused of rape, but also suing on their behalf.

Impolitic, perhaps, but he’s also in good company. Twenty-eight current and retired Harvard Law School professors recently sent a letter to the university asking it to abandon its new sexual misconduct policy, arguing, as Mr. Miltenberg has more generally, that the new rules violate the due process rights of the accused. “This is an issue of political correctness run amok,” Alan Dershowitz, an emeritus professor, told a Boston Globe reporter.

Yes, it is.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Coach Megan Mahoney Charged With 30 Counts of Statutory Rape. And didn’t even have to post bail. I doubt a male coach would have received such a courtesy.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): TTU student admits to making false statements about sexual assault. “A Texas Tech student may be facing legal and disciplinary penalties after making false statements about an alleged sexual assault at the Student Recreation Center last month. . . . The woman claimed that a man assaulted her in a locker room, but police say no crime occurred on the TTU campus and no rape occurred at the Rec Center. The case will now be referred to the Lubbock County District Attorney and the Office of Student Conduct for review.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Cheerleader coach accused of having improper relations with student.

GOOD NEWS: Hero Carries Man Out Of Burning Building In Fresno, Calif., Then Vanishes. “The video shows the man walk into the smoke and flames. At one point, a crash or explosion sends other would-be rescuers fleeing, but not the hero, who emerges from the blaze with the 73-year-old man draped over his shoulder.”

PROF. MARK PERRY DOES THE MATH: If only 12% of campus sexual assaults get reported, then only 1 in 32 women at Ohio State are sexually assaulted, not 1 in 5.

And bear in mind, “sexual assault” is a far more diluted term than rape.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): Woman claims she was sexually assaulted, admits it didn’t happen. “This brings up a difficult question: What would it take for an accuser to be charged with filing a false report?”

UPDATE: Tom Maguire looks at claims that women don’t lie about rape, is unpersuaded.

K.C. JOHNSON: Ezra Klein’s Confusion on the California Sex Law.

In an attempt to defend the indefensible, Ezra Klein penned a meandering column responding to the many critics of his “yes-means-yes” defense. Or, I should say, responding to some critics: he ignored perhaps the most troubling response to his piece, Cathy Young’s observation that he had blatantly misrepresented a column by her—which suggested that false rape reports are actually more common than believed—to instead claim (with emphasis) that false rape reports are “very, very rare.”

In the event, Klein (unconvincingly) suggested that Jon Chait had misinterpreted him. (Chait had little difficulty in rebuttal.) Klein stuck by his defense of stats alleging that one in five college women will suffer rape or attempted rape—which means that he must believe, as FIRE’s Robert Shibley noted, that colleges now face “a law enforcement problem of staggering proportions. Yet instead of making sure the police are involved, the state of California has put its faith in a law that by its plain language makes nearly everyone guilty of rape — but only in a campus kangaroo court.” (Klein has urged no greater law enforcement presence on campus.) And Klein was forced to issue corrections about basic elements of legal procedure, which suggested that Vox’s touted explanatory journalism isn’t too good at explaining legal affairs. Shibley’s thorough fisking is a must-read.

Perhaps the most striking—and risible—item in his column was the following assertion about the California law: “There’s a related, and serious, concern here that the process by which colleges manage sexual assault cases is a mess . . . The Yes Means Yes law interacts with these processes a bit, but mostly by telling colleges to clarify them, which will, in many cases, be an improvement.”

This claim is absurd.

Ezra regularly displays breathtaking ignorance and regularly makes absurd claims. This does not appear to have harmed his standing in the lefty journosphere at all.

THAT’S DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING: Cathy Young: The Federalist Society Caves to “Rape Culture” Orthodoxy. “After a fourteen-year relationship, I was blacklisted so thoroughly that you’d think I had showed up for a talk visibly drunk, or had used racial or sexual slurs.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Lehigh Acres woman arrested for sex with 15-year-old. “Deputies say Victoria Chaluisant first met the 15-year-old victim back in February. That’s when the two began exchanging text messages and eventually started sending naked pictures to each other. Investigators say Chaluisant would even pick up the victim at his home before school just to have sex.”

Plus: “The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida says Chaluisant was a Family Resource Advisor at the organization since April, working with parents to assist them in obtaining childcare for their children. The organization says it was unaware of her activities.”

Here’s the link for the entire Teach Women Not To Rape! series.


TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Sterling woman faces felony charges for sex crimes against children.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Warrant sheds new details on Stamford High School sex case. “The 26-page affidavit paints a picture of a troubled and jealous teacher who, according to the student, let him cut school, took him off campus to smoke marijuana and have sex, and warned his female classmates to stay away from him. A married mother of two, Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a child and possession of marijuana.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Wallingford woman gets 17 years for filmed sexual assault of child. “A Wallingford woman was sentenced to over 17 years in prison for filming herself sexually assaulting a 3-year-old female child, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. Angela D. Martin, 30, filmed herself with a cell phone sexually abusing the child and sent it to another individual in California, according to court documents.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female teacher who had 2-year affair with 14-year-old student is spared jail. “Explaining his decision to issue a suspended sentence, Judge Austin Stotan stated that although the boy was underage, he was a ‘willing’ participant in the affair.” I’m sure a male teacher would get similar consideration.

A LIBERTARIAN SOLUTION TO THE CAMPUS RAPE “CRISIS:” Lower the drinking age. “What does the drinking age have to do with campus rape? Much. Most college undergraduates are under 21 and therefore unable to legally drink. And yet heavy alcohol consumption on the part of one or both students is a significant factor in nearly all sexual assault allegations. That’s because the current drinking age doesn’t actually stop teens from drinking. It merely changes where, and how much, they drink.”

JONATHAN CHAIT: Liberals Get Illiberal on Campus Rape [Updated].

Read that passage again. He is not merely arguing that, to make an omelette, one must break some eggs. He is arguing for false convictions as a conscious strategy in order to strike fear into the innocent. This is a conception of justice totally removed from the liberal tradition.

Ezra Klein is not a nut; he is the polar opposite of one, which is what makes it so important that he is arguing in such expressly illiberal terms. Of course, campus justice need not contain all the safeguards of a criminal proceeding. But since they are a quasi-judicial procedure, and often held explicitly in lieu of formal police charges, we might expect them to at least broadly reflect our expectations of justice.

Plus, an appropriately dismissive response to bogus charges of sexism from Salon.

STEVEN CROWDER: Real Rape vs “Rape Culture” (Featuring Lena Dunham!)

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Lawyer: Convicted Sex Teacher Has ‘Significant Psychological Issues.’ “In other words, his client — the English teacher who performed oral sex on teenage boys — is not really responsible for her crimes, because of her ‘issues of inadequacy.’ She’s ‘troubled.’ She suffers from a self-esteem deficit, and what she was seeking from these teenage boys was ‘comfort and solace.’”

Women are weak and troubled creatures, apparently. They need to be kept indoors except under the close supervision of a responsible male.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Siloam Springs Teacher Accused Of Sex With A Student Pleads Not Guilty. “Mary F. McCormick, 32, was arraigned before Circuit Judge Brad Karren on Monday, accused of raping and exchanging explicit photographs with a 13-year-old boy. She was arrested in August and spent a night in the Benton County Jail before being released on a $50,000 bond, authorities said.”

ASHE SCHOW: Ezra Klein favors extreme ‘yes means yes’ law because of a myth.

Klein, a supposed explanatory journalist, accepts hook, line and sinker that one in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college.

Forget that this statistic was derived from a survey of just two colleges (Klein does note this) and the survey’s own researchers acknowledged that it had a low response rate, Klein assumes this is a solid representation of what life is like on college campuses for women. Glenn Kessler, fact-checker at the Washington Post, even debunked this survey.

But it appears Rahm Emanuel’s idiom that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste” has been adapted to “never let a good myth go to waste,” as Klein bases his support for the California law around one.

Klein dreams of a world where men are afraid they’ll be branded rapists for having any contact with a woman (as I’ve written before, this is already happening).

“That culture of sexual entitlement is built on fear; fear that the word ‘no’ will lead to violence, or that the complaint you bring to the authorities will be be [sic] ignored, or that the hearing will become a venue for your humiliation, as the man who assaulted you details all the ways you were asking for it,” Klein wrote. “‘No Means No’ has created a world where women are afraid. To work, ‘Yes Means Yes’ needs to create a world where men are afraid.”

A quick correction for that paragraph: It is not necessarily “the man who assaulted you,” but rather “the man who allegedly assaulted you.” And it’s not him detailing “all the ways you were asking for it,” but rather “presenting his case that you consented,” something this law doesn’t allow for.

Klein notes the “nightmare scenario” where a false accusation is leveled upon a man for whatever reason, but notes how rare such situations are, even though there is a growing number of young men suing their universities for what they claim are exactly such incidents. And this law will certainly do nothing to reduce those numbers.

“This is, in a way, the definition of what it means to be entitled: the rules are designed to protect you from dangers that barely exist at the expense of exposing others to constant threat,” Klein wrote.

But those “rules” are due process rights being denied for students on a college campus. Rape and sexual assaults are crimes, and college campuses are acting as judge, jury and executioner for these cases — without the expertise needed. So Klein is essentially arguing, along with other supporters of the “yes means yes” law, that it’s okay to disregard an accused person’s defense if they’re being accused of sexual assault on a college campus.

It’s getting harder to see why any young man would want to go to college. Or vote Democrat.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): When Women Sexually Assault Men. “Women do sexually assault men on college campuses, on a regular basis. Each year, according to an estimate in a literature review, roughly 19 to 31 percent of male college students experience some kind of unwanted sexual contact, and researchers say the vast majority of that is perpetrated by women.”

THE NEW REPUBLIC: Accused College Rapists Have Rights, Too; The victims deserve justice. The men deserve due process.

Of course, failing to recognize that accusers aren’t the same as “victims,” and that perpetrators aren’t always “men,” is sexist too. The tendency to accuse men, but give women a pass, is a legacy of a time when the definition of rape was based on physical force. Now that the definition of rape has broadened, women are just as likely to be guilty as men. The fact that comparatively few women are charged in college sexual assault is itself evidence of institutional sexism that creates a hostile environment for men.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): A look at female #rapeculture. “Notice that the script simply does not allow any other role for the male in authority except ‘predator’ – and that the script also does not allow the female to take on the role of ‘predator’ even under the exact same circumstances. The social narrative implies that she did nothing truly wrong in seducing male students even if she’s brought up on charges.”

SHIKHA DALMIA: Sex-Shaming: The Feminist Weapon of Choice to Silence Dissenters on Affirmative Consent.

Accusing women of enjoying rape was something that men used to do to justify raping them. Now, apparently, it’s a club feminists use to clobber other feminists who disagree with them.

The whole point of feminism is allowing some women to do the things women always complained about men doing, while feeling self-righteous about it. Plus:

When Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who wanted taxpayer funded contraceptive coverage, a “slut,” the whole feminist establishment rose in unison to condemn him—and rightly so. Ultimately, he was forced to do the decent thing and issue an apology. “I did not mean a personal attack,” he said. “My choice of words was not the best, I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

The question now is, can Gray and Ryan manage to rise to Limbaugh’s level?

I’m waiting, sisters!

Don’t hold your breath.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police Arrest Teacher, Accused of Four-Year Lesbian Affair With Teen Student.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ottawa teaching assistant charged with sex assault on student. “An Ottawa teaching assistant faces sexual assault charges over allegations that she was involved in a sexual relationship with a boy who was 15 years old. Ottawa police launched an investigation into allegations that the woman became involved with the teen while working as an educational assistant with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board in 2011.” So if the boy’s 15 now, does that mean he was 11 when she started?

GOVERNMENT IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR THE THINGS WE CHOOSE TO DO TOGETHER: Where Rape Victims Are Forced to Pay for Their Own Forensic Exams.

#RAPECULTURE: Female teacher who sought sex with 10-year-old boy walks free.

A primary school teacher who wanted to have sex with her 10-year-old student, and had his name tattooed on her chest, has walked free from court.

County Court judge Mark Taft said he was at a complete loss to understand why mother of eight Diane Brimble, 47, had engaged in “such utterly inappropriate conduct which must dismay every parent”.

“You breached the trust reposed in you by [the boy's] parents who properly expected that a classroom teacher would care for their son in a professional manner,” Judge Taft said on Thursday when sentencing Brimble on a two-year community correction order and 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Brimble will be placed on the sex offenders register for eight years, be assessed and treated for any mental health condition, take part in offender treatment programs and has lost her career as a teacher.

It’s hard to teach women not to rape when the consequences are so small. One doubts a male teacher would have gotten such lenient treatment.

ASHE SCHOW: Feminist hysteria is causing the infantilization of women.

This need to protect women from even reading or hearing about the ills of society has become so pervasive that some colleges are including “trigger warnings” on class syllabi to caution students that they might be offended or feel uncomfortable about some of the subject matter.

Even more detrimental to women than telling them words can hurt is the recent feminist trend of giving them mixed signals about sexuality. Modern feminists are arguing that it is “slut-shaming” to suggest that women should avoid drunken sex, but they also are pushing colleges to adopt a definition of rape in which women under the heavy influence of alcohol cannot give consent.

The perceived need to coddle women is not exclusive to liberals. In July, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., told an audience of women that her male colleagues needed to bring the discussion “down to a woman’s level.” She meant that Republican men need to learn how to relate to women, but the implication was that women can’t understand things the way men can.

There are even bills in Congress codifying the new belief that women are delicate flowers who need help to succeed in this terrible, terrible country. These include equal-pay bills that don’t actually reduce the mythical wage gap but do serve to tell women they need help to become equal to menfolk; campus sex assault bills that tell women they can’t handle alcohol and that if they regret a drunken hookup they have been raped; and a slew of abortion bills claiming the procedure is about “women’s health.” . . .

This shift toward telling women they need help at every stage of their lives (remember the Obama campaign’s “Life of Julia”?) might raise funds for feminist causes or gain votes for politicians, but it’s not empowering. It’s infantilizing.

Women are fragile flowers who must be protected from all the stuff men deal with every day. Because equality!

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female Teacher Admits To Having Sex With Students.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Charges: Fired high school teacher in Austin may be carrying student’s child. A followup on the story I posted earlier today.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female high school teacher in Austin fired, accused of sexually assaulting student.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Mother-of-eight Diane Brimble tried to have sex with 10-year-old student in her house; Had his name tattooed on her chest in an infinity symbol.

The boy, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, believes Brimble has put a spell on him and won’t look at his parents. . . . Brimble had hugged the boy, who suffers from Aspergers, and asked if he wanted to have sex with her, but the boy pushed her hands away and told her that he was not old enough to have sex.

The teacher said ‘You are when you are at my house’, and kissed him on the cheek and told him that she loved him.


AMY OTTO: A new sexual consent law in California has Progressives pushing for a return to the kind of sexual arrangements they decry as regressive. They’re Mrs. Grundy now. Our only hope for getting them to go back to a “sex is private!” line is if Hillary is charged in some sort of rape scandal.

SO IF UNIVERSITIES OFFER ANTI-RAPE COURSES FOR WOMEN BUT NOT MEN, isn’t that a Title IX violation? Especially when CDC figures indicate that men are victimized by women at similar rates?

But luckily, we have a sophomore to offer a solution:

Psychology sophomore Anissa Garcia, who attended the class, said, while teaching women to protect themselves is beneficial, she still thinks men should be taught not to assault or rape women.

“In today’s society, I feel like people always blame the victim, so I feel like women should learn how to protect themselves,” Garcia said. “But to teach men not to rape — that aspect is going to take a while, so I think, in the meantime, doing something like this is a good idea.”

Hell, we can’t even seem to teach women not to rape.

WAR ON WOMEN: Cops search penthouse of Sharpton associate accused of rape.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female teacher accused of using grade threat for sex.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): 11-Year-Old Boy Impregnates Friend’s Mom. Note the way the story is written so that the 11-year-old boy seems to be the active party here: “An 11-year-old Auckland boy fathered a child after having sex with a friend’s 36-year-old mother.” Now reverse the genders and try to imagine that.

MONA CHAREN: Feminist Lies about Sexual Assault: Their rejection of immutable sex differences has contributed to the “rape culture” they now decry. “For all their bold talk about empowerment, feminists seem always to demand that they not be forced to deal with reality.”


HAVE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS BECOME CESSPITS OF FEMALE-ON-MALE RAPE CULTURE? Stamford Principal Charged With Failing To Report Teacher’s Sexual Relationship With Student.

The principal and assistant principal of Stamford High School were charged Thursday with failing to report an inappropriate relationship between an English teacher and an 18-year-old student, police said.

Donna Valentine, the 62-year-old school principal, and Roth Nordin, the 59-year-old assistant principal, were charged with failure to report. Police said an investigation revealed that the allegations of the sexual relation between the teacher and student were made known to the school’s administration by several sources as early as December of last year – months before the alleged relationship came to an end.

Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, had a sexual relationship with a student from September until June, according to police.

Women covering up for women in an old-girl culture that clearly exists because of the one-sided gender tilt in public schools. So now we not only need to teach women not to rape, we need to teach them not to cover up for other women who do. Maybe it’s time for an “It’s On Us” campaign aimed at teachers?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Assistant coach admits sex with St. Louis area teen. “A former assistant basketball coach at a St. Louis high school pleaded guilty to a federal charge Monday and admitted taking a student to her home for sex, prosecutors said.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: Gymnastics coach solicits teen.

Cheatham County authorities have charged a gymnastics coach for having an inappropriate relationship with a Harpeth High School student.

Rebecca Lynn Campbell, 20, of Lyles, was charged with solicitation of a minor.

Campbell worked for Spirit Gymnastics in Bon Aqua. The company helps train the Harpeth cheerleaders.

She is accused of sending sexual text messages to a 17-year-old boy, said Lt. Shannon Heflin of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities also said Campbell allegedly threw a party at her home and served teens alcohol, even though she is under the legal drinking age.

Okay, this is probably stretching even the feminist definition of “rape” a bit far. Though if the genders were reversed, few people would be doing much parsing.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: Destrehan teachers had a threesome with a student.

Remember, men are under-represented in teaching because society thinks they might be predators.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): A followup from the comments to my earlier post today: 2nd Destrehan High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student arrested. “A second Destrehan High School teacher has been in arrested in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Rachel Respess, 24, of Kenner turned herself over to authorities Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to her attorney, Jeffrey Smith. Authorities say she and another teacher had a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student. Respess was booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Smith said.”

Remember, there are so few men in teaching because society is afraid they might be predators.

TRIFECTA: Drunken, Sloppy Sex: Does ‘Yes’ Mean ‘Yes’ or Just More Rape Panels?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Destrehan teacher arrested for reported sexual relationship with student. “Deputies placed Shelley Dufresne under arrest for one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. She is a teacher at Destrehan High School, located west of New Orleans. . . . Officials with the St. Charles Parish Public School District reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were told that the student was bragging to other students that he was ‘having a sexual relationship with teachers.’” Note the plural.

Remember: There are so few men in teaching because society is afraid they might be predators.

HOW BUREAUCRATS THINK: Thought Crime: UK Leadership Wants To Ban Predicted ‘Extremists’ From Social Media, TV, Events. The way they handled the Rotherham rape scandal should give you some idea of what that will involve.

Say, did any of the officials responsible for Rotherham get prosecuted for anything? . . .

MARGARET WENTE: The New Campus Sex Puritans.

Sixty years ago, sexual behaviour among the young caused deep alarm among the puritanical religious right. Today, it causes deep alarm among the puritanical progressive left. Like their forebears, they are doing their best to restrict and regulate it.

This weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that makes universities redefine consensual sex. From now on, students must effectively obtain the “affirmative consent” of their partners, which must be “ongoing” every step of the way. Those accused of violating the consent rule will be judged on the preponderance of the evidence. Perpetrators face suspension or expulsion, and universities face heavy penalties for failure to enforce.

The new measure is designed to stem a tidal wave of rape on campus that, in fact, does not exist. (Violent crime, including sexual assault, has been in decline for 20 years.) Even so, universities across North America have set up vast new administrative apparatuses to deal with the crisis. Many of them have also expanded the meaning of “sexual violence” to include anything that makes you feel bad.

You don’t have a right not to feel bad, after sex or at any other time.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Vanessa Williams Sheds Light on Female-on-Female Rape. “Vanessa Williams is many things: actress, singer, model, mother. She is also one of an estimated 17.7 million American women who’s been a victim of attempted or completed rape. On Oprah’s Master Class, Williams revealed that she was molested by an 18-year-old when she was just 10. But what’s really caught the attention of news outlets and the general public is this salacious detail: Her perpetrator was (yes) a woman.”