Ever notice how the far Left demonizes people who offer practical ideas on how to help fix a problem? Emily Yoffe of the liberal website Slate advised young women entering college that getting blacked out drunk at parties is not a good idea when it comes to rape prevention, and feminists naturally went nuts.
Young women everywhere — not to mention their mothers — ought to be thanking Yoffe. Instead, she’s being pilloried.
A “rape denialism manifesto” full of “plain old victim-blaming,” Lori Adelman wrote on the feminist blog Feministing.com. Erin Gloria Ryan, on Jezebel.com, accused Yoffe of “admonishing women for not doing enough to stop their own rapes.”
In an ideal world a young woman should be able to go to a party, take ten shots of whiskey with a GHB chaser and go home unharmed. Common sense tells us that that isn’t the way the world works, but common sense solutions are never what the Left wants. RS McCain writes,
This feminist nonsense is perfectly understandable once you recognize that the whole point of endless ranting about the evils of the oppressive patriarchy is to absolve women of responsibility for their own failures.
This is true to an extent, insofar as feminism (and the Left in general) seeks to infantilize women by shielding them from responsibility. The other problem for the Left, though, is that an imperfect but common sense solution to a problem actually helps to fix something. which gets in the way of the permanent sense of grievance that Cultural Marxism demands.
If date rape stopped today, a big chunk of what keeps campus feminists employed and active would be gone. Likewise, if all racism ended today, there would be little use for Ethnic Studies professors. The project of Cultural Marxism (or Cultural Studies) is to find and exploit divisions between people to create a state of permanent agitation. In this perverse worldview, fixing problems is counterproductive.