Despite the absence of evidence that a young man committed a sexual assault on a young woman in the infamous Ohio University sex act caught on video, the young man allegedly was beaten up by other men who were at the scene when the act occurred.
And now a writer by the name of Caitlin Flanagan has decreed that this presumptively innocent young man "got what was coming to him: By committing his act in public, he exposed himself to the swift judgment of men, and his ass-kicking probably won’t be the half of his problems."
Caitlin Flanagan's zeal for vigilante justice to protect a woman's honor springs from the same sort of impulse present at the hanging trees in the Old South. Ms. Flanagan would do well to study some of the recent cases where presumptively innocent young men men who were accused of rape -- falsely, as it turned out -- were subjected to such "justice." Please, Ms. Flanagan, try and tell us that these victims "got what was coming to" them.
We remind readers that Athens, Ohio Police Chief Tom Pyle said the video could "suggest other things" aside from sexual assault. A source cited by Gawker said that "the video shows both parties actively participating, and they both acknowledge that they are being filmed and observed." Another said "that the photo’s subjects ‘posed for pictures with each other and with several bystanders after they were finished.’”
Caitlin Flanagan is the same writer who wants to shutter all frat houses for the protection of women. Flanagan reminisced about her college days and, in words dripping with misandry, recalled seeing the fraternity houses for the first time: "They are built of the same Jeffersonian architecture as the rest of the campus. At once august and moldering, they seemed sinister, to stand for male power at its most malevolent and institutionally condoned." Flanagan's piece is not an op-ed. It's pathology in news ink.
It is well to note that Flanagan doesn't just take issue with men she thinks are rapists. Flanagan is the woman who wrung her hands when Karen Owen published her infamous "f*ck list." You see, Flanagan had a bona fide conniption because Ms. Owen seemed to genuinely enjoy rough sex with men and seemed eager to please them. As much as Flanagan flogged Owen for being anti-new woman, she saved the real vitriol for the "white" male athletes (she made sure to tell us they were white) who engaged in the consensual acts with Ms. Owen. Based on nothing more than Owen’s descriptions of her various sexual hook-ups, Flanagan branded the athletes as "louts” who were “eager[ ] to whip out their genitals on almost any occasion,” and who “offer[ed] any parent ample reason to think twice before sending a beloved child to Duke.” The fact that Owen seemed to have had at least as good a time as the guys, and that bedding them was her free choice without even a hint of assault, is beside the point.
Flanagan seems put off -- as are we -- by a campus culture that strips human intimacy from the most intimate of human encounters and that celebrates drunken barnyard rutting in the so-called hook-up culture. The problem is that Flanagan assumes when a man and a woman freely choose to immerse themselves in this depraved culture, only one is a victim, and only one is deserving of an "ass-kicking," and it's strictly along gender lines.
Sounds like Caitlin Flanagan has a problem with men.