Monday, April 4, 2011

Frat boy antics create hostile sexual environment at Yale, say chronically offended gender warriors

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights announced it will investigate Yale University “for its failure to eliminate a hostile sexual environment on campus, in violation of Title IX.” The announcement stems from a complaint filed by 16 Yale students and alumni over Yale’s supposed inadequate response to a "long trend of public sexual harassment" on Yale’s campus.

The incident that broke the proverbial camel's back occurred last October when a group of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity pledges surrounded by brothers from the same fraternity loudly chanted “No means yes! Yes means anal!” outside Old Campus, the area on Yale’s campus where most freshman women live. Other instances include the September 2009 so-called “Preseason scouting report” email in which a group of male Yale students widely circulated a list of fifty-three freshman women ranking them in order of how many beers it would take to have sex with them. And in January, 2008 a group of pledges from the Zeta Psi fraternity surrounded the entrance to the Yale Women’s Center at midnight holding signs bearing the message, “We Love Yale Sluts.”

Horrors!  Frat boys acting like . . .  frat boys!  My guess is that the typical Yale woman's reaction to these crude and vulgar antics is the equivalent of a mildly perturbed roll of the eyes.  But then again, unlike the 16 students and alumni who filed the complaint, the typical Yale woman does not have skin resembling the model of the translucent woman in the school's biology lab.

It's just another in an endless cavalcade of puerile, ritualistic gender passion plays at vaunted American universities, staged by the chronically offended purveyors of misandry who insist on dominating the public discourse on all things gender.  These gender warriors stand ever vigilant to blow any display of male sexual misbehavior, the more trifling the better, into evidence of "rape culture" they can cite to vilify an entire gender.

So what else is new?

Put it this way: for the past four decades, women's activists have insisted that our mass media portray women not as helpless pawns or victims but as doers -- forces who can throw punches, kick male butt, crush testicles, and overwhelm evil at least as well as the guys. 

So, what message do the chronically offended Yale gender feminists send to the world? That a little mindless frat boy activity -- and take a deep breath, that's all it was -- is enough to cause not just eye rolling but conniptions; to warrant not just a rebuke, but the aid of the cavalry.

The message they send is another self-inflicted setback for women: that women need special protections to shield them from the slightest, most trivial, most inconsequential offense. That message does all women a grave disservice -- because women can't be empowered by insisting they are powerless.