One time, Washington Post editorialist George Will read about a woman who said she was raped at Swarthmore College but it didn’t really sound like rape to him.
So he decided to write an op-ed in the Washington Post about how there probably isn’t an epidemic of sexual assault on college campus; in fact, he put “sexual assault” in quotes a bunch of times in his op-ed just to make sure we all knew that it probably wasn’t a real thing.
Then he does some math to show that the “sexual assault” numbers don’t add up.
What he’s trying to argue is that progressive values are responsible for everything that’s going wrong in higher education from the Department of Education’s plan to rate the educational product being produced at universities to trigger warnings on syllabi to all the faux “sexual assault” victimization that we’re seeing on campus these days:
It is salutary that academia, with its adversarial stance toward limited government and cultural common sense, is making itself ludicrous. Academia is learning that its attempts to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations — brings increasing supervision by the regulatory state that progressivism celebrates.
You know who’s not delusional about victimization?
He’s almost completely certain that you haven’t been victimized, mostly because he’s pretty sure that “sexual assault” is just a progressive canard. But also because he’s an old white guy and old white guys pretty much know everything.
Thanks, George Will. This was a really big help.