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WSJ Columnist: Rape Victims as Guilty as Rapist if They Are Drunk

In a column in the Wall Street Journal, columnist James Taranto writes that if a woman is raped while drunk, she is just as guilty as her rapist. Addressing growing concerns about sexual assault on college campuses, Taranto concludes that “women are absolved of responsibility by virtue of having consumed alcohol” and the fact that intoxicated rape victims aren’t held responsible for their assault is “self-evidently unjust.”

That’s right, ladies. If you’re drinking around James Taranto, you might as well be asking for it.

Taranto compares sexual assault to a car accident. “If two drunk drivers are in a collision, one doesn’t determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver’s sex. But when two drunken college students ‘collide,’ the male one is almost always presumed to be at fault.”

He goes on to say “His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him.”

Right. Maybe because one is raping someone while the other is being raped. Italics work both ways.

Taranto concludes by writing “Contemporary feminists ’embrace the Victorian conceit of delicate female vulnerability while leaving out the sexual modesty that once accompanied it.’ That they do all this in the name of equality is downright Orwellian.”

That’s right, ladies. If you aren’t going to be a traditional “sexually modest” woman, you’re just asking for it.

This isn’t the first time Taranto has written about the “war on men.” Writing about sexual assault in the military, Taranto states that most sexual assaults are just “he-said/she-said disputes” and goes on to say that efforts to curb sexual assault in the military is “a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to criminalize male sexuality.” All of this, he concludes, is part of a larger “war on men.”

Of course, as completely irresponsible as Taranto’s statements are, there are certainly cases of false rape allegations. So how often are men wrongfully accused of rape in this “war on men”? A mere 2.2 percent of the time.

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Igor Derysh is the Managing Editor of Latest. com and a syndicated columnist whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sun Sentinel, and AOL News. His work has been criticized in even more publications. Follow him on Twitter @IgorDerysh

  • RoundRocker

    Blaming the victim. How original. Still wrong.

    • Dane Calderon

      Its a pretty Republican attitude. Ask them about Black people some time.

  • rosa

    what kind of loser wants sex with a stoned, unresponsive woman. same as having sex with a dead body, almost.

  • Patricia Esposito

    So if a drunk women is robbed she is just as guilty as the thief who robbing her ??????????????