Saturday, March 22, 2014
"Men's Rights" Activists Are Trying to Redefine the Meaning of Rape
Yes, back to the standard that was used before the Obama administration. That is what leftists do, make wholesale changes then accuse you of what they have just done when you want to reverse their mischief.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, along with Minding the Campus, wrote extensively about the "Dear Colleague letter" sent by Russlyn Ali, the Department of Education's assistant secretary for civil rights, to America's various educational institutions. The letter threatened loss of funding if these institutions did not comply with their title IX obligations, which would be title IX of the 1972 educational amendments. Educational institutions which receive federal funds may not discriminate on the basis of sex, and an environment where people are frequently the targets of sexual harassment is considered a hostile one, and therefore discriminatory against the targets based on their gender.
While F.I.R.E. and Minding the Campus have done yeoman's work in bringing this matter to people's attention, they have missed the larger problem with the "Dear Colleague" letter. Treating rape as a form of sexual harassment trivializes rape, placing it in the same category as off-color jokes and unwanted sexual advances. Furthermore, colleges are wholly unequipped to investigate and adjudicate rape cases, something the letter encourages them to do.