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October 28, 2013

LYONS: Sound advice could be misconstrued

(Continued)

Four legs good, two legs bad!

Girls good, boys bad!

Some of the make-believe outrage was so over the top as to be downright comical. Salon’s perpetually indignant Katie McDonough — she’d recently written an angry screed about a porn star famous for performing an anatomically improbable act who was having trouble finding respectable work in her Arkansas hometown — basically accused Yoffe of writing that “women deserve rape.”

There was no obvious evidence that McDonough actually read the Slate article. For that matter, none of Yoffe’s detractors felt compelled to provide a halfway fair summary of her argument. To get the flavor of this absurd episode, it’s important to understand that this is an essentially dogmatic and ideological dispute having almost nothing to do with the visible world.

Unless, that is, you can imagine a professor of Women’s Studies actually urging her students to get blackout drunk at frat parties.

Actually, Yoffe may have found such a person. In response to her original article, she wrote, one professor wrote that “to reiterate the old Puritan line that women need to restrain and modify their pleasure-seeking behaviors is a big step backward.”

Meanwhile, out in the boondocks where I live, it’s reliably reported that most people admitted to hospital emergency rooms for snakebites are intoxicated. Apparently, booze makes them insensible to danger.

I do hope that saying so doesn’t make me pro-copperhead.

Gene Lyons is a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He can be reached at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com.

 

 

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