Is The Tide Turning On Phony College Rape?


Over the past few years, the apparent epidemic of rapes on college campuses (backed by shady statistics) has been the Left’s favorite talking point.

But, as rules and laws get continually more stacked against male students–who often face the challenging task of proving their innocence, rather than having their accusor prove guilt–there’s the beginnings of backlash.

Male students at the United Kingdom’s University of Warwick are up in arms about a class, called “I Heart Consent,” that teaches them how to not accidentally rape their partner. No, really.

In an article called, “Why I don’t need consent lessons,” published by the student newspaper, The Tab, student George Lawlor struck at the very heart of the liberal narrative:

Like any self-respecting individual would, I found this [invitation to the “I Heart Consent” class] to be a massive, painful, bitchy slap in the face… It implies I have an insufficient understanding of what does and does not constitute consent and that’s incredibly hurtful. I can’t stress that enough.

I feel as if I’m taking the “wrong” side here, but someone has to say it – I don’t have to be taught to not be a rapist. That much comes naturally to me, as I am sure it does to the overwhelming majority of people you and I know. Brand me a bigot, a misogynist, a rape apologist, I don’t care. I stand by that.

I already know what is and what isn’t consent. I also know about those more nuanced situations where consent isn’t immediately obvious as any decent, empathetic human being does. Yes means yes, no means no. It’s really that simple.

Lawlor’s editorial has already started to go viral–and other male students at the University of Warwick have joined the protest against blaming all men of being potential rapists-waiting-to-happen.

The kind of opinion Lawlor expressed would make him a person non grata on the liberal Left–who prefers to stick to their narrative that all women are in danger, and all men are just waiting for an opportunity to abuse them.

That single-minded dedication to the narrative has already led to scandals in America: namely, the Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus,” that accused an entire fraternity at University of Virginia of gang raping a female student. Only to, upon further investigation after its publication, realize that the female victim has a long history of lying, and that virtually everry single fact about her story was a blatant fabrication designed to get a boy’s attention.

But the federal government in Washington has jumped on the bandwagon, too–Obama has often cited the statistic that 1-in-4 female students have been sexually assaulted, even though this massive number has been widely discredited by just about every source.

But there’s another element at play here: the rigid liberal dogma, that demands every action (especially by oppressors, like men) be scrutinized and dictated by the enlightened Left.

To which Lawlor said: “Self-appointed teachers of consent: get off your f**king high horse. I don’t need your help to understand basic human interaction.”

Candice has almost 20 years of experience reporting for various conservative publications. When she's not writing, she enjoys being outdoors--especially camping, hiking, and hunting. She lives in Harrisburg, PA, with her husband.