My saying so, however, infuriated a lot of people. To them, mentioning the victim’s own inebriation was tantamount to “blaming the victim.” One fellow denounced my post as “a sterling example of rape culture and everything that’s wrong with masculinity in our society.”
“Drunk,” I was informed “does not give one a free pass to rape.” Somebody else wanted to know, “How about armed robbery when you are drunk? Is being drunk the most significant fact?”
No, but if you pass out in the street near an all-night bar, don’t expect to wake up with your wallet.
Somebody else linked to an article in The American Prospect condemning “Toxic Masculinity,” defined as “damaging to men, too, positing them as stoic sex-and-violence machines with allergies to tenderness, playfulness, and vulnerability. A reinvented masculinity will surely give men more room to express and explore themselves without shame or fear.”
Yeah, well dream on. It says here that if there had been a grown man on the premises—by which I don’t mean Coach Knuckledragger—instead of a bunch of drunken boys, somebody would have protected that girl. Put a blanket over her; taken her to the emergency room; carried her home.
For that matter, what about the girls of Steubenville? Why did none of them speak up? Oh yeah, drunk too. Beyond that, it would probably take a novelist like Joyce Carol Oates to render these appalling events fully comprehensible.
But no, since it’s apparently necessary to spell it out, a girl doesn’t deserve to be raped because she got drunk and naked with the football team. Nothing she could have done justifies the way she was treated. But hers was a reckless and stupid act all the same.
So is providing 16-year-old kids with liquor. It’s also a serious crime. If Ohio authorities wanted to make something worthwhile of this case, they’d enforce it.
Somehow, I doubt that will happen.
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