Feminism 2.0: Title IX, Gender Justice, and the Cavalier Rape of a Fraternity
So many women get their lives totally ruined by being assaulted and not saying anything. So if one guy gets his life ruined, maybe it balances out.
Feminist Emily Lloyd, Take Back the Night, Oberlin 1993
Shoot first and ask questions later seems to have been the long-standing, modus operandi of Rolling Stone’s self-ascribed “investigative journalist” Sabrina Rubin Ederly. Having concocted a blatant 9,000 word fabrication, with the help of her heroine, “Jackie,” one would think her public apology would include the 7 men and the fraternity that she had publicly accused of gang rape? Not so much.
But why apologize to one man, let alone a whole fraternity , when the Fraternity of Man is the cause of the rape culture, which according to Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and the Department of Education, is viral and infecting our college campuses. Haven’t you heard that 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault on college campuses from this administration? Stoking fear with bogus studies isn’t right. It’s progressively wrong.
But faulty surveys and faulty data did not stop the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) from crafting new Title IX guidelines which were then sent to every college and private and public k-12 school receiving some form of federal funding. On April 4, 2011, the OCR dropped the “Dear Colleagues letter” on every dean and principle’s desk. Among these guidelines, schools were warned that “waiting to start an inquiry into sexual crime allegations until after a police investigation has been concluded is unacceptable.“ Due Process? Nah. A short 24 hours later, on April 5, 2011, Joe Biden and Arne Duncan would be at the University of New Hampshire kicking off a new public awareness campaign warning schools to follow the Obama administration’s new sex crimes protocol.
This “Dear Colleagues Letter” was deemed as the watershed moment in the expansion of Title IX according to a presentation given to the UVA board on December 19, 2014 by O’Melveny and Myers LLC, an international law firm hired by the Virginia Attorney General to investigate the, now-debunked, gang rape allegations. That watershed moment not only betrayed the intent of Title IX– by converting it to a Gender Justice platform, but it also opened the flood gates to: a collusion between government and feminist activism, lawsuits brought by young men who were wrongly accused, a more than doubling of investigations and audits of universities by the OCR (at time of story, number of investigations was 113), an increase in Title IX Coordinators on every campus, and the establishment of a White House Task Force by executive decree in January 2014.
On television, President Obama, surrounded by feminist activist Dana Bolger of #KnowYourIX, Valerie Jarret, Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Holder and Joe Biden, didn’t hesitate to repeat the 1 in 5 lie and once again, blamed America:
“To make real progress against sexual assault, American culture must change. Young men need to recognize sexual violence and “be outraged by it. Every young man in America to feel some strong peer pressure in terms of how they are supposed to behave and treat women…”
Since this new task force was created, universities have been furiously rewriting their gender-based misconduct protocols due to fear of government retaliation through various fines, charges, and potential loss of federal funding. Two recent examples of these rewrites come from Columbia and Harvard as reported by Judith Shulevitz, Senior Editor of The New Republic. Alarmed by the rewrites, Ms. Shulevitz sent Columbia’s newest protocols to, in her words, ” a liberal, feminist, public defender.” Who then replied:
(Columbia’s) procedures revealed a cavalier disregard for the civil rights of people accused of rape, assault, and other gender-based crimes. “We are never sending our boys to college.
I encourage you to read the rest of Ms. Shulevitz article here.
Shouldn’t criminal matters be investigated by the police? Not according to the mouthpiece of Survivors, Dana Bolger, who’s letter appeared in the Wall Street Journal today:
In arguing that police and courts should exclusively handle campus sexual assaults, Michael Poliakoff (“College Men Litigate for Due Process,” Letters, March 31) elides the different purposes of criminal law and student discipline. While college responses to sexual harms never preclude police involvement, schools are required to address victims’ needs—including mental-health care, dorm changes and protection from an assailant’s continued presence—as part of civil-rights law. The police treat rape only as a crime, but Title IX recognizes sexual assault as a form of sex discrimination, the effects of which must be ameliorated to ensure gender equity on campus and beyond. To remove schools’ long-standing right to take action to ensure safety on campus would undermine not only services to individual victims but also our greater national project of social progress through education.
Know Your IX
If rape is our culture, yet we know the rape study is bogus, can we at least have an open and honest discussion about it at, say, Brown University? Nope. Not gonna happen. Unless this discussion provides “safe spaces”–a room to give students, who might find comments troubling or triggering, a place to recuperate. These safe spaces are rooms equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.
Surely we should have a discussion of sexual violence at the gang raping campus of UVA? Not according to the UVA Feminist Legal Forum (FLF), who had concluded prior to a scheduled UVA discussion, that the event would be “one-sided hyperbole and wouldn’t address the complexities of Title IX and sexual violence on campus.” The FLF’s hyperbole caused enough shame and pressure for the student council and Virginia Law Women to withdraw their co-sponsorship. Again, in this rampant rape culture, you must provide safe spaces from different opinions, or you will be publicly shamed, smeared, and labeled a sexist.
How do men prove they aren’t rapists? One college kid at A&M, Jonathan Taylor, decided to forgo his Masters in Education at A&M when he realized that he would not be afforded due process should any fictitious claims of sexual misconduct were levied against him. One has to wonder about the outcome of the Duke lacrosse players if Crystal Magnum had falsely accused them under these new guidelines.
Innocent people get found guilty of harassment because the school realizes the only way it can avoid liability is to punish everybody in sight.
Former DOE Attorney, Hans Bader
When the ends justify the means in the “greater national project of social progress through education,” so what if one man gets his life ruined because according to feminists, “it balances out.” No safe spaces for the falsely accused, but plenty of room for the empowered, gender justice warriors who play with bubbles and Play Doh.
Welcome to the cavalier rape of a generation. Parents should plan accordingly.