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You can’t say that! Kasich tells female students worried about assault to avoid boozy parties

April 19, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Kasich in NYC: Didn’t get the message that it’s victim-blaming to link alcohol & rape

Memo to GOP presidential candidate John Kasich:

Didn’t you know that you must never, ever tell a female college student  that one way to avoid sexual assault is to stay sober?

But that’s what you said! And in New York, the most politically correct city in America (next to San Francisco, of course). You actually said, “Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”

Dummy! Now, you and I might find the advice not to drink yourself blind or hang around those who do perfectly reasonable, since we both know that alcohol lowers both judgment and inhibitions, especially among young people who might not have a lot of experience with it, so avoiding boozy parties is one way to avoid entangling yourself–or getting entangled against your will–in sexual situations that can range from regrettable to criminal.

But, John, you just can’t say that. A generation or two ago, “Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol” was known as “good advice from your mom and dad.” Now, it’s known as “victim-blaming.”

Look what happened to Slate columnist Emily Yoffe a cople of years ago when she advised college women to stop binge-drinking before parties because it’s correlated with sexual assault. She was pilloried high and low: “Blaming assault on women’s drinking is wrong, dangerous and tired,” lectured Salon’s Katie McDonough. “Emily Yoffe joins ‘Don’t Drink and Vagina’ campaign,” wrote Charles Clymer of the Huffington Post.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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