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WSJ Reporter Says Rape Is Like Drunk Driving, It’s No One’s Fault


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A Wall Street Journal reporter, James Taranto, whom which Gawker describes as having a “singular crusade against women” wanted to clarify what rape is, just in case rape survivors, women and the law didn’t already know.

Get ready to roll your eyes so far back inside your head you’ll see your brain stem. According to James Taranto rape is like drunk driving except in drunk driving no one considers the driver’s sex when putting them on trial! How unfair!

“What is called the problem of “sexual assault” on campus is in large part a problem of reckless alcohol consumption, by men and women alike. (Based on our reporting, the same is true in the military, at least in the enlisted and company-grade officer ranks.)

Which points to a limitation of the drunk-driving analogy. 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. His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him

In practice it means that women, but not men, are absolved of responsibility by virtue of having consumed alcohol.”

I would try to unpack this analogy but since it literally makes no sense and has so many logical fallacies I can only make presumption that this moron, who was unfortunately given a platform to spread his misguided ideas, doesn’t understand that rape isn’t sex. What this guy doesn’t understand is that girls don’t say they are raped because they regret sleeping with a guy in a drunken state (the incidence of false reportings and accusations of rape is consistent with any other crime [1-8%yet we don’t assume that victims of theft, violence or arson are fabricating stories). Taranto doesn’t understand that sex is a consensual act and that if a girl is passed out from alcohol and her rapist is drunk this isn’t just a “misunderstanding.”

When a drunk driver crashes into someone his victim isn’t held accountable, he is. It doesn’t matter that the drunk driver didn’t “mean to” hurt anybody or that alcohol is what impaired their judgment. The drunk driver is still accountable for his actions. If a drunk college student rapes someone, it doesn’t matter that he didn’t “mean to” rape anybody or that alcohol impaired his judgment. The rapist is still accountable for his actions.

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    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.