College sexual assaults and Camille Paglia: Using  Hannah Graham disappearance to prove she knows nothing about what's actually happening on college campuses.

College sexual assaults and Camille Paglia: Using Hannah Graham’s disappearance and murder to prove Paglia knows nothing about what’s actually happening with young women, especially on college campuses.

Graphic via Huffington Post on Campus Sexual Assault

Misled by the naive optimism and “You go, girl!” boosterism of their upbringing, young women do not see the animal eyes glowing at them in the dark. They assume that bared flesh and sexy clothes are just a fashion statement containing no messages that might be misread and twisted by a psychotic. [TIME]

THE ONLY reason the latest drek on college sexual assault by Camille Paglia was printed in Time magazine is because of who she is and what she once represented. Anyone with knowledge of college sexual assaults will find Paglia’s latest piece alarming and stunningly ignorant. That Paglia’s now slut-shaming women on the topic of sexual assaults brings us full circle to blaming the woman for provoking violent males.

Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees. – Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia is wrong on the facts.

Her two contradictory statements smacking up on one another reveals why women on college campuses have been subjected to sexual assaults that go unreported and under prosecuted. Not even Camille Paglia can reconcile what constitutes “real crimes” because she assumes that the allegations pouring out of our colleges that go unpunished are a result of colleges “infantilizing supervision.”

In a review published just yesterday, Huffington Post revealed anything but “infantilizing supervision.” In fact, just the opposite is happening across the country, something Camille Paglia would have known if she’d even bothered to do a cursory Google search, instead of pulling theories out of thin air, expecting her reputation to buoy the bullshit she’s shoveling. From Huffington Post:

Yet the fact remains, university expulsion is rare for rape — and other crimes, too. HuffPost reviewed another 221 cases in which students were found guilty of sexual misconduct, a term that includes rape and assault, as well as harassment, stalking and other violations. In these misconduct cases, universities expelled or dismissed students 17 percent of the time. Another 26 percent of students were suspended. Almost half of students found guilty of sexual misconduct — 44 percent — received “educational sanctions,” sometimes in addition to probation or a formal warning.

Additionally, in a bit of irony, Paglia’s nonchalance about college sexual assault also comes just after California adopts the “Yes Means Yes” law on the subject, which you can read here.

“Affirmative consent,” the law says, “means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.”

Camille Paglia wouldn’t like this law, because it works to instill civilized rules between men and women, dare I say laws to protect women from men who have gotten away with sexual assaults, because the punishment hasn’t fit the crimes. Paglia sees these efforts as futile.

The gender ideology dominating academe denies that sex differences are rooted in biology and sees them instead as malleable fictions that can be revised at will. The assumption is that complaints and protests, enforced by sympathetic campus bureaucrats and government regulators, can and will fundamentally alter all men. – Camille Paglia

“All men” is a nice out Paglia builds into her paragraph, though I don’t know any women, young or old, who believes “all men” can be made to respect women’s autonomy, let alone their right to safe passage on any city streets.

Paglia begins her weird rant by stating the obvious: But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense. That’s the bottom line, but unfortunately she takes this age old wisdom and uses it to make a wild leap into a subject on which she hasn’t bothered to inform herself.

Hannah Graham reminds us of basic rules of safety for women.

Graham was reported missing a day after she was captured by surveillance videos as she walked or ran unaccompanied past a pub and a service station, then onto Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Police say that after leaving an off-campus party, Graham had sent friends several texts, including one saying she was lost, and that she was last seen by witnesses with Matthew at a bar.

Another abducted young woman, Morgan Harrington, sends a message as well.

Harrington told them she was outside the arena and could not get back in because of its re-entry policy but not to worry and that she would find a ride home. There are restrooms inside the arena and, to this day, it’s not clear why she left.

This is quite separate from alleging that college campuses cannot comprehend evil, when the actual issue is college sexual assaults continue to rage, because even when women report them the penalty for the predator is so slight that it diminishes the horror of the event itself, something that even Camille Paglia doesn’t appreciate.

Where does that leave young women?

Camille Paglia likely would understand perfectly the Ray Rice syndrome, which has a gladiator athlete acting like a football player off the field by treating his wife the same as he would an opposing teammate. You know, because “all men” cannot be civilized to understand that women aren’t to be treated as targets.

Biology as destiny seems to be Camille Paglia’s assertion, meaning that the “sex differences rooted in biology” cannot be made to conform to civilized law that protects women from thugs who think their will to be male is more important than a woman’s right to deny that behavior she doesn’t welcome.

When Camille Paglia starts making statements that could have come from Rush Limbaugh‘s mouth you know we’ve entered a weird point in feminist discussion.

Given Paglia’s latest for Time magazine, I’d say she’s no longer a part of the solution, but is an example of the problem.