10.5.17

RABBIT REDUX

There is a rabbit culturePope Francis recognizes its existence.  "Pope Francis is firmly upholding Church teaching banning contraception, but he said on [19 January 2015] that Catholics to be true to their faith didn’t have to breed 'like rabbits' and should instead practice 'responsible parenting.'"
And perhaps responsible parenting applies to what happens for after the kids are ready to hop out of the hutch, but the suggestion that the young be encouraged not to rut like rabbits is still contested, because privilege, or something.

Consider what happens when Slate's Emily Yoffe suggested (yes, I'm catching up on old posts again, on a theme that I've long emphasized, but being in accord with the Pope can't hurt) the does be more careful about drinking to excess.
Young women are getting a distorted message that their right to match men drink for drink is a feminist issue. The real feminist message should be that when you lose the ability to be responsible for yourself, you drastically increase the chances that you will attract the kinds of people who, shall we say, don’t have your best interest at heart. That’s not blaming the victim; that’s trying to prevent more victims.
Angela Morabito, of College Conservative, wants the bucks to take some responsibility too.
If you’re going to tell the girls “don’t drink so much that you are in a position to get attacked,” you better also tell the boys “don’t drink so much that you ​do the attacking.” Anything less is to put the burden of prevention on victims, instead of on the perpetrators where it belongs.
This seems commonsensical enough, but Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, back before her gig included going on Hardball to help Tingles slime Donald Trump, published a roundup of all the ways the Correct Thinkers pushed back.  "The second point is the regime of feminist political correctness that chills discussion."  Her first point was the obvious, that collegians like to drink a lot.  But the push-back on her second point was too much.  "Oh please. This isn’t a gender studies class; it’s the real world. In which Yoffe’s piece ought to be required reading for every college student, male and female."  Reading?  Who reads anything any more?

Trust a Salon writer, in this case Soraya Chemaly, to issue a privilege check.  It's the entitlement, stupid.  And yes, high-status revenue sports are a part of the entitlement.

Dig into her essay, though, and maybe you see the Pope is onto something.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the study however was that these children felt no sense of responsibility for their actions. What does this have to do with entitlement? The likelihood of perpetrating sexual violence was not equal across all groups.  The teenagers with the highest propensity to sexually assault a peer were white kids from higher-income families.
Her conclusion?
Boys and girls are being sent off to college without parents ever discussing critical dilemmas, double standards, power imbalances, cultural entitlements, or even what it genuinely means to be empathetic.  It’s not just parents who themselves are struggling with alcohol, abuse and dysfunction that are a problem. It’s parents whose reluctance to speak openly about serious issues with children who also enable these problems to thrive. People arrive at school with complicated histories shrouded in silence, shame, anger and incoherence. Our reluctance to extend our concepts of justice to include the family spills over into other institutions every day and college is one of the places where this is most evident.
To repeat, as repeat I must: what happens when the village combines the redeeming features of a hippie commune and a trailer park?

As Glenn "Insta Pundit" Reynolds, quips, "[the do-your-own-thing crowd] live in a fantasy world."

Perhaps the fantasy lives on in "Take Back the Night" events, too.  Fine, tell your stories, but clean up the common culture.

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