I haven’t done a Douchebag Of the Week Award (DOWA) post for so long, I’ve almost forgotten how it’s done. I see so many douchebags these days, it’s hard for one to rise above the rest. One was finally brought to my attention. George Will takes his douchebaggery to a higher level.
George Will is an opinion writer for the Washington Post and a Fox News contributor. He’s considered to be a respected voice in the conservative community. George Will’s opinions are way too offensive to overlook. He’s a DOWA winner, for sure.
A few days ago, George Will published his opinion in an article titled: Colleges become the victims of progressivism. While it may sound like an interesting read, believe me, it wasn’t. I could feel my blood pressure rise while I was reading.
His extremely twisted opinion is that colleges and universities are making the victimhood of sexual assault a coveted status that confers privileges. Those are his words, not mine. Stop. Wait a minute. Let’s take it all in.
Somehow, in the mind of George Will, there’s a wonderful “status” that goes along with being a victim of sexual assault. A status which is so great, women covet it and all the “privileges” sexual assault will shower upon them. That must be one of the most moronic thoughts I’ve ever heard. It’s an old man’s version of “she was asking for it.”
1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college.
12% of those women report the assault.
Looking at the numbers, it hardly appears victims are vying for the “coveted status” like George Will says. The numbers of reported instances may seem low compared to the numbers of assaults, but consider the culture we are living in.
Slut shaming and victim blaming run rampant. I’ve talked a little about this before. To report sexual assault is to tell people of this terrible thing that happened, the woman had no control over it, yet some people still try to blame her. They want to know what the woman was wearing. It becomes important to know if she had been drinking when the incident occurred. She’s scrutinized at every turn. If the assault was rape, she has an invasive physical exam performed as well.
Wow, sounds like some pretty great privileges, doesn’t it, Mr. Will? Who could resist all the fame from being known as the girl who was sexually assaulted?
We also have to remember these are young woman, typically 18-22. If someone groped me now, I’m in my mid 30’s, my response would be a hell of a lot different than if it happened back in my early 20’s. In my 20’s, I would have walked away feeling embarrassed, ashamed, and would have just wanted out of the situation. Now, I’d probably just kick the guy in the crotch. At either time in my life, I probably wouldn’t report it.
George Will doesn’t understand why all victims don’t come forward. The numbers don’t add up to him. After reading his views, I want to go at this from a totally different angle.
Let’s take a minute to simply consider embarrassment on a completely different level. Let’s say you’ve been sick all weekend. On your way to the store for supplies, your belly starts to hurt and rumble. Before you have time to even think about it, you discover you have uncontrollable diarrhea and you just crapped in your pants while driving down the road. Disgusting, but it happens.
Would your initial reaction be to call all your friends to tell them what just happened? Would your thoughts be to post this experience as your Facebook status for the world to see? Or, would you be so embarrassed that you wouldn’t want anyone to know? Personally, I’m too embarrassed and too ashamed to tell anyone I shit in my pants, even though it wasn’t my fault. Every time my name is mentioned, that’s not the image I want to pop into their minds.
Most people don’t feel comfortable sharing their embarrassment and feelings of shame. How could a young woman possibly be comfortable telling a bunch of strangers (the police or campus administration) that she was raped or groped? Especially if she believes they will question her accuracy and add to her shame. It certainly isn’t the coveted status that confers privileges that George Will says it is.
Of course the number of reported incidences are much lower than the actual number of occurrences. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Many women aren’t ballsy enough to report it. Perhaps if we all stopped passing judgement, more would have the courage to report what’s happening.
George Will also wrote, “Education Department lawyers disregard pesky arithmetic and elementary due process. Threatening to withdraw federal funding, the department mandates adoption of a minimal “preponderance of the evidence” standard when adjudicating sexual assault charges between males and the female “survivors” — note the language of prejudgment. Combine this with capacious definitions of sexual assault that can include not only forcible sexual penetration but also nonconsensual touching.”
That isn’t a capacious definition of sexual assault; it’s an accurate definition. If a woman goes up and grabs a man’s penis, yes, that really is sexual assault. If a man touches a woman’s boobs or ass, again, that’s sexual assault. There’s a reason we teach children these are called “private areas.” I’m sure most groping doesn’t typically get reported, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was nonconsensual, unwelcomed touching.
George Will also criticized colleges and universities for trying “to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimization.”
Reasonable people feel victim-free campuses would be an amazing accomplishment. George Will seems to be the one delusional about victimization and all the privileges that go along with it.
When anyone makes such bold and ridiculous statements, especially someone who is getting paid to write their opinion for a major news source, I cringe. This is only adding to the poor mentality about sexual assault that far too many people in our society already hold. The fact that George Will belittles the sexual assault happening on campuses across the country makes him a douchebag. The fact that there are so many gross inaccuracies with the article he posted, that he doesn’t innately understand the thoughts I’ve laid out here, makes him the Douchebag of the Week.