David French says it's time to say Enough.
Colleges, as part of a toxic mix of radical politics and rampant consumerism, recreated the university experience as an ideologically charged Disneyland, where real academic work was deemphasized, traditional values were demonized, and the party became ever more important. The result wasn’t just an expensive amusement park, but one that was intentionally highly sexualized.He goes on to recite points, most of which will be familiar to regular readers. I concur in part and dissent in part, yet find little to disagree with in his conclusion.
A college environment that featured a competing, traditional moral voice, that treated sexual assault not as a party foul but an actual crime, and that demanded real work from students – that would be counter-revolutionary. And it just might mean fewer destroyed lives. Obviously, there’s much more to say about reform (and this is only a blog post), but conservatives need to get ambitious in our cultural and legal arguments. There has been a staggering human cost to our temporary sexual-revolution setbacks, and timidity now will only raise the already unacceptable toll of the Left’s cultural folly.It's not clear what that offense looks like, although faculty members reacting to the latest administrative fretting about retention with "We're enrolling people who won't make it, and letting them wallow in the party swamp for six years, and that's a waste" will help.
In the ancient, see-saw struggle between world views, there is a time for defense and a time for offense. Now is the time for offense.
Rich Lowry (here for Politico rather than National Review) is thinking along similar lines.
The other campus imperative should be better controlling the alcohol-fueled party scene that has become an entitlement of young adulthood in America. Much of what feminists call rape culture is what Heather Mac Donald, in a characteristically brilliant essay for The Weekly Standard, deems “a squalid hook-up scene, the result of jettisoning all normative checks on promiscuous behavior.”Do your own thing, man. If it feels good, do it. By their fruits shall ye know them. Mona Charen is radical, in the sense of getting to the root of the problem. "There is a rape culture -- it's the hook-up culture that the left invented and celebrated as liberation. Until it's reversed, the rapes will continue." I'd go further and suggest it's an odd partnership of the sexual liberation from the left and beer-'n-circus from the cruise directors in student affairs and intercollegiate athletics.