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No More Rape? Easy! Women Don’t Drink

Okay, I almost ran into the person in front of me on the way to work yesterday while listening to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR.  The show topic was The Role of Fraternities and Sororities Today (click link for transcript and show) and I tuned in after it had started so I did not get the gist of the conversation until a few minutes of listening.  Basically, it was a conversation about whether or not fraternities and sororities are benefiting young adults by turning out more rounded students or creating an environment of alcoholism, violence, and sexual assault. There were about five people discussing both sides of the topic.

As I listened I could see the points of some of the guests. One of the guests saw horrendous hazing which I am against and I do not understand. Another guest discussed the community outreach that many fraternities do and fundraising for good causes, which I think is very good. So I wasn’t really that invested in the conversation other than background noise until I heard this quote from Stephen Joel Trachtenberg President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at George Washington University discussing how to solve the rape problem at frat. parties:

“One of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much. And there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children on that — in that regard.”


Screech!!!!  WHAT?

This comment offends women and should offend men. In my opinion this is saying that men cannot possibly be held responsible for any of their actions let alone have any self control over their libido.  How horrible is that?  I am not sure if this person really thought out what he said before he said it but that sounds a whole lot like the reason women get raped is because the man who raped her can’t possibly be expected to be held accountable for his actions because well the woman was drunk and her inhibitions were lowered. So, its okay for men to act like animals just as long as women punch them out from time to time? What?  How about this.  How about we educate both sexes to understand that binge drinking at parties is never a good thing. How about we teach both sexes to take care of one another. When you see a very drunk person you stop them from drinking to the point of harm.

I am really getting sick of this blame the victim culture we live in. Whoever the rapist is whether they are a male or female they are the ones who should be held accountable for their actions because they are the predators not the victim. They took advantage of a person whatever the situation happened to be. It is disgusting, criminal, and morally wrong.

The rest of the program that I heard was interesting and if you are interested in the topic I have included the link in the opening paragraph above. I am not sure I have an opinion about whether fraternities or sororities are really important but I do know that treating people with respect is important.

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JoDee is an adjunct faculty instructor of astronomy and physics at various colleges around her hometown in the midwest. When she is not trying to get her cat, Pixel, off of her laptop she is observing variable stars and researching black holes.


  1. August 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm —

    My head just exploded.

  2. August 29, 2014 at 9:47 am —

    Yeah so did my head.

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