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‘I was on the board of the women’s resource center. I didn’t agree with the annual ‘Take Back the Night’ program proclaiming the victimhood of women’

February 29th, 2008 by Glenn Sacks, MA for Fathers & Families

Background: I discussed the recent controversy over the feminist “1 in 4 college women are raped” myth, see my recent blog post ‘It’s a lonely job, working the phones at a college rape crisis center…you wait for the casualties to show up but no one calls’. I noted that “the ladies at www.Feministing.com have responded with boiling rage and obscenities, without attempting to factually critique Mac Donald’s research and arguments. The Feministing blog post is LA Times: What rape crisis?

Below is a blog comment on www.feministing.com by Ophelia Blake, a woman who identifies herself as a leader of a college Women’s Resource Center. The WRCs are feminist-run centers designed to help college women who have been raped or assaulted, or who are having a variety of other problems. Ophelia wrote:

“When I was in college, I was on the board of the Women’s Resource Center, and I am, of course, a feminist. But one thing I didn’t agree with the WRC about was its annual ‘Take Back the Night’ program proclaiming the victimhood of women. Mac Donald is correct on this account:

“‘Campus rape ideology holds that inebriation strips women of responsibility for their actions but preserves male responsibility not only for their own actions but for their partners’ as well. Thus do men again become the guardians of female well-being.’

“It’s a very ’50s mentality. Considering that the boy in the scenario the Harvard rape victim described was probably just as drunk as she was, what makes him the rapist and her the victim? The problem with the campus rape mentality is that it holds up the Laura-Session-Step idea that sex damages women. Calling it ‘rape’ is not empowering, it does in fact ‘strip women of moral agency,’ as Mac Donald said.

“Mac Donald’s argument is that if one in four college women were in fact raped, then there would be a national crisis of the kind that demanded action, not just lip service from campus protest organizations. It takes a lot of doublethink to say the fact that so few rapes are reported is evidence for how many there really are…

“Saying that any woman who has had sex and can’t remember was raped paints a picture of women as passive creatures who are acted upon. The guy might not remember what happened either, but no one would ever suggest she raped him, even if she initiated the sex.”

One might think that Ophelia, being a feminist who had been part of the women’s movement and feminist rape prevention efforts would get a little respect from the readers of Feministing. Apparently not. My favorite response was this gem from “Sera”:

“Reason #500,000,000,000,000etc that Ophelia Blake is a fucking idiot…I hate you passionately now.”

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