Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:11 am
There are so many disturbing elements to the recent Rolling Stone story about a fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia and the subsequent admission by the publication's managing editor that huge pieces of the article — including details of the alleged assault itself — were inaccurate or could not be verified. It's hard to know where to begin.
If there is any positive outcome to be garnered from this fiasco, it is this: The article and related fallout are forcing Americans to more objectively examine the alleged "culture of rape" on college campuses.
Considering the suitability of the term "culture of rape" might be a good place to start. It's as daunting as it is disingenuous.
As National Review writer Jonah Goldberg explains, "'rape culture' suggests that there is a large and obvious belief system that condones and enables rape as an end in itself in America."
Even honest feminists would have to admit that no such belief system exists.