This Saturday, fraternities at the University of Virginia celebrate "bid night," which is typically a night when sorority sisters go from house to house sharing drinks with friends. But this year, the sorority sisters at the University of Virginia won't be attending.
In the wake of the hysteria fomented by the Rolling Stone article over a gang rape that never happened, the sorority sisters were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity events this weekend. Feminists and women on campus are having a conniption.
One prominent feminist wrote: "Locking up women as if they are the ones causing rape merely by existing is not the way to handle the problem of sexual assault."
Actually, assuming you buy into the campus rape epidemic and "rape culture," banning women from the fraternities may be the only way to handle this problem. Put yourself in the shoes of the national chapters. After being fed a steady diet of "rape culture" hysteria by the sexual grievance industry for years and years, and especially the past few months with the Rolling Stone false accusation demonizing University of Virginia frats, it's obvious that, short of mass castration of college men, the only way to handle the putative campus rape "epidemic" is to keep women away from rape's ground zero, the frat houses, right? After all, let's be honest, the sexual grievance industry's approach to stopping rape -- stripping men accused of rape of due process rights and slapping up posters telling men, as a class, not to rape -- hasn't worked any more than President Ford's "Whip Inflation Now" campaign, Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" to drugs, or, for that matter, telling robbers not to rob. Do you know how much is spent every year waging the war on campus rape? The figure is very, very difficult to justify given all the other social pathologies that afflict modern America.
Maybe we need to look at it another way: if sororities scheduled an event where the sisters planned to visit a series of crack houses, would anyone -- the sororities' national chapters, university administrators, alumni, parents -- tolerate that? Of course not. Then why in hell would anyone tolerate a practice of sorority sisters visiting places that, we are told by the folks who dominate the public discourse on rape, are rape pits -- the "hunting ground" for sexually abusing women?
They can't have it both ways. They can't, on the one hand, insist that rape is an "epidemic" fueled by "rape culture" and, on the other hand, expect the people who run sororities to let things go on the way they are, business as usual.
If the feminists and sorority sisters don't like it, well, you know what they say about being careful what you wish for? The chickens have come home to roost: this is what happens when people actually buy into "rape culture" hysteria. And it might just be the beginning.
In fact, this ban is silly and it's wholly unnecessary because there is no campus rape epidemic, and to brand fraternities "rape pits" is a grossly unjust exaggeration. The real solution is to stop listening to the rape culturalists who lie about the prevalence of rape and who foment rape hysteria to advance their political agendas. The Rolling Stone debacle did not happen in a vacuum. The fact that the article was written in the first place, then published in a mainstream magazine, and then unflinchingly believed by so many is the product of a culture that has allowed gender extremists to dominate the public discourse on sexual assault. These are people who do not hesitate to demonize college men and reduce them to vile caricature, who insist that college campuses are rape pits, who claim with a straight face that women don't lie about rape, and who preach that due process for men accused of rape on campus is a luxury college women can't afford. In short, they buy into a campus rape epidemic that even the Department of Justice has now shown doesn't exist and into "rape culture," something that even RAINN, the preeminent anti-rape organization in America, has denounced. If you want a nice review of the current issues, go here.
One angry sorority sister said that the ban "was decided by national presidents who are in their mid-50s and live in Indianapolis.” Her anger is misplaced. She ought to be blaming the root cause of the ban: the purveyors of "rape culture" hysteria who finally got what they've always wanted -- they've scared the living hell out of everybody.