Feminists decry the all-pervasiveness of “rape culture” while simultaneously overtly sanctioning false rape accusations. Although the woman in question was grinning from ear-to-ear on the video during “probably the most traumatic experience of her life”, on behalf of the victim, Ohio University senior Allie Erwin claims it was rape. “She obviously wasn’t okay with what happened. It was rape. She reported it to the police as rape.”
There is literally no defense. If you’ve had any sexual interaction with a woman who’s been drinking, if the next day she says it was rape, it was rape. Period. “Witnesses confirmed that, while both participants were clearly drunk, the ‘victim’ was not incapacitated and ‘seemed like she was enjoying it’; she also left with the man afterwards, walking unassisted.” She was also seen smiling and placing her hand behind the man’s head as if to keep it in place.
Cathy Young: [emphasis mine]
Feminists outside the OU campus took the same stance. A column on ThinkProgress.org, the website of the Center for the American Progress, suggested that eyewitness accounts confirming that both participants in the act were “very, very drunk” proved that, no matter how consensual it looked, it fit Ohio University’s criteria for sexual assault. (Actually, the university policy quoted in the column states that a person is unable to consent if “incapacitated” due to alcohol or other factors.) The writer, Tara Culp-Resser, did not seem to realize that by her definition, the man can be considered a victim of sexual assault as much as the woman–leading to the absurd conclusion that they were raping each other.
Hence a glorious opportunity for men to become Black Knights. Whenever a man is falsely accused of raping a woman when they were both drunk, instead of merely defending himself, he should also accuse her of raping him.
Obviously, this wouldn’t work under every circumstance or jurisdiction in that rape codes vary. But sometimes it would. Ann Althouse:
In statutory rape, depending on how the statute is written, both can be committing the crime. If you want to define “sexual assault” broadly, it can be possible for both to be committing the offense.
So instead of men just defending themselves, how about they fight back spurious accusations with even more spurious accusations.
It’s obviously stupid to believe that two people can simultaneously rape each other, but it’s also obviously stupid to conflate the truly subhuman cruelty of violent rape with something that makes a woman giggle in glee.
But we didn’t write the rules, we just have to follow them. The rules say that having sex with a drunk person is rape, but our adherence to “out-dated gender norms” suggest to us that the victim in such case is de facto female. Men also have sex when unable to legally consent, and that means that thousands upon thousands of men in similar situations are also victims of rape.
Stupid? Yup. Let’s start forcing people to acknowledge it.