Obama on the Symmetry of Rape
At his press conference two days ago, President Obama said:
If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape, and I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.
I’m glad he said it.
If you haven’t followed the news about U.S. colleges lately, you might not know that Obama’s Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, with its Dear Colleague Letters, is steadily making colleges into hellholes for young men. A young man can be accused of rape, and not get the standard legal protections, if a woman who had alcohol voluntarily had sex with him and then, later, regretted it. I’ve often wondered why a man could not use the same logic: I drank too and, therefore, I couldn’t consent.
Obama opened up a little window here, admitting that it is somewhat symmetric.