Today, in rape culture! Some killjoy feminists have their panties all in a twist after some hilarious dude bro (or dudes bro) at Miami University of Ohio (Paul Ryan‘s alma mater) distributed a “funny” flyer called “Top Ten Ways To Get Away With Rape” in the bathrooms of a coed residence hall. As you can see, its author was just trying to be funny, with hilarious suggestions like “put drugs in the women’s drink, therefore she wont remember you,” “sex with an unconscious body does count, so don’t back down if shes sleeping” and “If your afraid the girl will identify you slit her throat.” ([Sic] everything.) How could anyone not get the obvious social satire here?
The university has called a mandatory meeting for its male students in response, where hopefully they will all be treated to a lesson in “women are people,” with an additional course in “See? Rape culture exists.” But is that going far enough?
“The university is brushing this issue … under the rug,” said junior Kate Van Fossen. “It could have been a joke, but the fact of the matter is that those thoughts are crossing someone’s mind. There are girls living in a hall where someone came up with that. It’s just disturbing.” Indeed.
There’s an argument to be made that rape jokes can be funny when made correctly, and I agree that they can be. But I’m not sure this list even meets the minimum requirements to count as “a joke,” even an offensive, unsuccessful one. Breezy tone aside, I’m not sure where the humor is supposed to be, since all of the “suggestions” are things that rapists actually do. Honestly, it looks more like something lifted directly from the darkest, most misogynistic corners of Reddit than even the shittiest of well-intentioned humor. If I were a woman at that university, I’d feel genuinely afraid for my safety.
Let’s hope the university does more to respond to it than call a single meeting. It’s a little depressing that almost-grown college students would need a class on why it’s a bad idea to make half the student body feel unsafe in their own residence halls, but maybe there’s hope for them yet.
Also, I feel like this is somehow Paul Ryan’s fault.