From The Tom Woods Letter:
OK, at this point my newsletter is getting too easy to write.
Now it’s Texas Christian University that’s gone insane.
The other day, comedian and podcaster Steven Crowder showed up on the TCU campus, put up a sign reading “‘RAPE CULTURE’ IS A MYTH: CHANGE MY MIND,” and sat down to talk to passersby.
The TCU administration went berserk.
Now look: Crowder is obviously correct that “rape culture” is a myth.
Real Dissent: A Libert... Best Price: null Buy New $3.99 (as of 07:30 EST - Details) ”Rape culture,” says Wikipedia, “is a sociological concept for a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.”
To believe in “rape culture” is to believe that our society considers rape “normal.”
I’m pretty sure most people would consider that claim insane.
As it turns out, it was people on the left — the very people who would complain about “rape culture” today — who abolished capital punishment for rapists of adult women in 1977, and for rapists of children in 2008.
So in other words, it was the toughest defenders of “the patriarchy” who wanted to keep rape a capital crime, and it was the left who wanted to soften the punishment.
Go make sense of that.
Meltdown: A Free-Marke... Best Price: $0.25 Buy New $20.00 (as of 02:20 EST - Details) Here’s how the university responded to Crowder’s skepticism of the bizarre “rape culture” idea, which evidently is now to be believed by everyone:
“Today, Steven Crowder chose to challenge our students on a public sidewalk in front of the university. While the Constitution gives him the right to express his views, the sentiments he expressed do not align with TCU’s values. His views adversely affected many members of our campus community. The health and safety of the Horned Frog Family is of utmost importance and we encourage individuals to contact campus resources for support.”
Evidently one of TCU’s values is: “All right-thinking people should agree that rape is considered normal in American society.”
TCU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull added in a campus-wide email:
“For some of the members of our community, it was a day of pain and anguish. For others, a day of disappointment that the university failed to remove the source of their pain from the public sidewalk. I want to acknowledge the pain that I saw yesterday and the disappointment that I heard.”
A “day of pain and anguish” because someone denied that we live in a rape culture.
So now we’re in a position where even contesting the preposterous idea of “rape culture” is enough to get you denounced at a university.