Is the panic and uproar concerning the “college rape crisis” similar to the McMartin preschool travesty? Christina Hoff Sommers sees some similarities.
It appears that we are in the throes of one of those panics where paranoia, censorship, and false accusations flourish—and otherwise sensible people abandon their critical facilities. We are not facing anything as extreme as the Salem Witch Trials or the McCarthy inquisitions. But today’s rape culture movement bears some striking similarities to a panic that gripped daycare centers in the 1980s.
Today’s college rape panic is an eerie recapitulation of the daycare abuse panic. Just as the mythical “50,000 abducted children” fueled paranoia about child safety in the 1980s, so today’s hysteria is incited by the constantly repeated, equally fictitious “one-in-five women on campus is a victim of rape”—which even President Obama has embraced.
The one-in-five number is derived from surveys where biased samples of respondents are asked an artful combination of straightforward and leading questions, reminiscent of the conclusory interviews behind the daycare agitation. A much-cited CDC study, for example, first tells respondents: “Please remember that even if someone uses alcohol or drugs, what happens to them is not their fault.” Then it asks: “When you were drunk, high, drugged, or passed out and unable to consent, how many people ever had vaginal sex with you.” (Emphasis mine.) The CDC counted all such sexual encounters as rapes.
Reputable studies suggest that approximately one-in-forty college women are victims of rape or sexual assault (assault includes verbal threats as well as unwanted sexual grabbing and fondling). One-in-forty is still too many women. But it hardly constitutes a “rape culture” requiring White House intervention.
She makes it clear that any sort of sexual abuse should be taken seriously and pursued legally. However, she cautions that allowing a panic to take hold simply isn’t in the best interest of anyone. My question remains, why are colleges left to investigate and sort this out anyway? Considering that rape is a major violent crime, seems to me law enforcement should be involved immediately. My guess is that doing so will cut down on both false reports and the crime itself. But hey, what do I know.
Well here’s a milestone that one could go without seeing:
In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.
Obviously part of the problem has to do with the dismal economy. But there’s also something to be said about an education system that doesn’t prepare kids for the real world, participation trophies and helicopter parents. There’s a popular meme that shows the 19 year olds of D-Day storming the beaches of Normandy set off against the special snowflakes at just about any university you can name, huddled up in their “safe spaces” and sharing whatever they’ve identified as their “pain” (you know, like chalk political slogans on the university sidewalk) with counselors. There’s a good reason why there are more adults of 18-34 years of age living in Mom’s basement.
They’ve never been properly prepared to leave the place. Pew Research thinks it is mostly about the economy. Yes, but it is also a lot about the failure of both parents and government (via schools) to prepare these young adults to assume their role in society. Or, perhaps, it is where government is quite happy to see them … in a dependent and pliable status where it can better control them. Who know?
So, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official unemployment rate dropped by 0.3% to bring it under 5% at 4.7%. How, you might wonder, could the rate drop so drastically when only 38,000 jobs were added last month? Easy. 500,000 Americans were dropped from the calculation, assumed to be no longer looking for work.
Other than that, the government and its apologists are trying to blame the weak numbers on the Verizon strike. But, Reuters doesn’t seem to be buying the spin:
The U.S. economy created the fewest number of jobs in more than five years in May, hurt by a strike by Verizon workers and a fall in goods producing employment, pointing to labor market weakness that could make it difficult for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by only 38,000 jobs last month, the smallest gain since September 2010, the Labor Department said on Friday. Employers hired 59,000 fewer workers in March and April. The government said the month-long Verizon strike had depressed employment growth by 34,000 jobs. …
Even without the Verizon strike, payrolls would have increased by a mere 72,000.
The Verizon workers, who were considered unemployed because they did not receive a salary during the payrolls survey week, returned to their jobs on Wednesday. They are expected to boost June employment.
So with weak numbers both March and April, it’s … Verizon. Right. Another in a long line of disingenuous nonsense from your government to fool you in believing everything is on the upswing. Welcome to Recovery Summer #7!
Gee, if only someone had warned them about this:
Wendy’s has placed an increasing emphasis on tech as wages have begun rising in regions across the country. Last year, the company opened a technology and innovation center called 90° Labs in Ohio, which it said would be used to “develop differentiating, interactive digital experiences for our customers, employees and franchise system.”
Other restaurants are making similar moves to combat rising wages. McDonald’s is testing self-serve kiosks in some of its stores, which CEO Steve Easterbrook called “progress” in the company’s most recent earnings call. Some have speculated that the greater use of tablets — and even robots — could also be on the horizon. Other restaurants, like Shake Shack, are choosing instead to offset higher-wages the old-fashioned way: by raising prices.
Any guesses how long the “Shake Shack” will be able to afford the loss in business to “offset” higher wages?
Meanwhile at the day care center:
Students at Yale University recently sent a petition asking the English department to drop two required classes covering “Major English Poets” because reading those poets “creates a culture that is especially hostile to students of color.”
You see, they want to “decolonize” the course. Note the title – “Major ENGLISH poets”. Included among these poets are Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot. Hmm … everyone of them an ENGLISH poet. Question to the snowflakes – who would you replace them with and still be within the course title? Back when these folks wrote ENGLISH poetry, there were few LGBTQ poets who identified as such. In fact, there weren’t any that I’m aware of who self-identified and focused on that. Same with poets of color. Or feminist poets (note I didn’t say female, but I do leave it to those more expert in this field to identify any major female poet of the time that should be included). All of that my not be particularly agreeable with the SJWs, but it is both reality and history.
“A year spent around a seminar table where the literary contributions of women, people of color, and queer folk are absent actively harms students, regardless of their identity.”
Well, here’s an idea, don’t take the course! If it does such “active harm” to the students you identify (and who must have the lowest self-esteem on the planet), then find something else to study. Because like it or not, when you attempt to take your place in society outside of your safe space, they’re not going to excuse the fact that you are ignorant of the major players in ENGLISH poetry.
Here are students who are the most privileged in not only America but likely the world, whining because the object of their study isn’t the right color or sex for them. Apparently the utility of these dead white males is all wrapped up in their skin color and sex. I can imagine what they’d call anyone else who based their approval on such trivialities, can’t you?
Have a good weekend!