Women, Please Stop Getting Wasted
It's one way to cut down on sexual assault: Emily Yoffe
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Yet again, with "Daisy's case" in Maryville, a familiar storyline has played out: A young woman was allegedly raped after getting drunk. There's no arguing with the facts, writes Emily Yoffe in Slate: Alcohol and sexual assault are inextricably linked. One study found that more than 80% of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol. Another found that voluntary alcohol consumption, not date rape drugs, typically precedes campus sexual assaults. And yet, Yoffe writes, we shy away from advising young women not to get drunk, because we have "a misplaced fear of blaming the victim."

"Let’s be totally clear: Perpetrators are the ones responsible for committing their crimes, and they should be brought to justice," Yoffe writes. "But we are failing to let women know that when they render themselves defenseless, terrible things can be done to them." Being able to drink as much as a man is not a "feminist issue," and biologically speaking, women simply get drunk faster than men do. It's possible to have fun without binge drinking—Yoffe's advice to her own college-bound daughter is to nurse no more than two drinks—and giving young women that advice is "not blaming the victim; that's trying to prevent more victims." Click for her full column.

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VooDoo
Oct 17, 2013 7:01 PM CDT
I've seen women PRETEND they were drunk to get laid! From the day a doctor slaps her ass and pronounces it's a girl , there is someone telling her dont let anyone touch your Pee Pee. After 15 - 17 years of hearing that every day from both her parents, EVERY young lady has issues with giving it up. They use alcohol as a crutch for the transition to womanhood. If she likes it she connects again with the guy again- Maybe eventually even getting married. If she doesn't she says I was drunk and that was a terrible mistake, and moves on to the next guy If someone finds out about it and she doesn't like the guy she says it was rape and I was a virgin daddy so don't hate me. Stop worrying about the women. Beware GUYS!
Trixielolo77
Oct 17, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
Perhaps women should all be forced to wear burkas too or pass a sexist law where only men can drink alcohol but not women! I'm so sick of men who run this country telling women what they shouldn't wear or how much they shouldn't drink because the big bad wolf could get you. Instead, the prosecution of these men who commit rape should be much more harsh. Lethal injection to every man who rapes or have their dick cut off. Sounds simple to me!
viva_yo
Oct 17, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
Why anyone would want to be so drunk that they are unable to defend themselves is beyond me. Ladies, use yer noggin. The Neanderthals are not going to be persuaded by your "rational" arguments. Be prepared to fight, literally. I'm so tired of seeing young women, all dressed-up for a night out, looking like something the cat dragged in by the end of the night while they're vomiting in the gutter. You cannot drink any guy under the table, nor should you try.