Proof That The Humanities Are Alive And Kicking

Satire is an art form at the very heart of the humanities: to do it well, one needs an English major's subtle understanding of "voice" as well as the logic of a philosopher. The recent spate of counter-intuitive advice from liberal women to college girls brought out the satire skill of Ann Friedman.

First, Emily Yoffe goes for the #slatepitch, writing on the Double X blog, but challenging the feminist CW on campus sexual assault, College Women: Stop Getting Drunk:

Let’s be totally clear: Perpetrators are the ones responsible for committing their crimes, and they should be brought to justice. But we are failing to let women know that when they render themselves defenseless, terrible things can be done to them. 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.

The response is satire worthy of its literary forebears, from Ann Friedman, posting at New York Magazine, College Men: Stop Getting Drunk:

Let's be totally clear: Perpetrators are the ones responsible for committing their crimes, and they should be brought to justice. But we are failing to let men know that when they drink their decision-making skills into oblivion, they can do terrible things. Young men are getting a distorted message that their right to match each other drink for drink is proof of their masculinity. The real masculine message should be that when you lose the ability to be responsible for yourself, you drastically increase the chances that you will become the kind of person who, shall we say, doesn't have others' best interests at heart. That's not saying all men are rapists; that's trying to prevent more rapes.

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