According to Author Susan Patton, the modern definition of rape is meaningless because women could usually just “get up and leave” if they didn’t want to be assaulted. Patton, who is better known as the “Princeton Mom,” made the remarks on Tuesday while discussing the matter with CNN’s Carol Costello.
“Get up and leave?” I’m not sure what reality she’s living in, but if she’s better known as the “Princeton Mom,” it’s probably not this one.
According to her, rape “no longer” means that a woman “is violated at the point of a gun or a knife.” Oh no, now it means “identifying as rape what really is clumsy hook-up melodrama or a fumbled attempt at a kiss or a caress.”
Most rapes occur between people who know each other, as Costello pointed out. However, Patton was trapped in her hermetically sealed bubble, and wondered aloud “It makes one wonder, why do you not just get up and leave? Or why do you not as a woman tell a man who’s making advances that, ‘You know what, stop, leave.’”
Patton noted that she spoke to victims of sexual assault. In her quest to paint herself as the poster child for internalized misogyny, however, she noted that she “didn’t always find their stories convincing,” and that there are two different types of rape.
She’s been taking notes from Todd Akin, apparently:
There’s rape, and then there’s rape. I believe that she experienced something that she regretted. I believe that she got very drunk, and had sex with a man that she regretted the next morning. To me, that’s not a crime. That’s not rape. That’s a learning experience.
So there’s rape and then there’s legitimate rape? Does legitimate rape shut down a woman’s body so she won’t get pregnant, too?
Patton wants you to know that she’s not playing “pin the blame on the victim though,” no matter how much it looks like she is:
I’m not blaming victims, but when women accuse men of rape, when in fact, it was sort of a fumbled attempt at — when they have what I call regrettable sex, mistake sex
She concluded that it’s “politically correct thinking” fueled by the “antagonistic feminists” to attack men if there’s even “a whiff of assault.” She noted that “We could teach burglars not to steal, but better advice [is to] lock your door.”
And here we are again, with yet another right-winger calling basic socialization skills “political correctness.” And she’s at Princeton; it makes you wonder what else the student body at Bourgeois University is lacking.
Costello, however, didn’t let the “Princeton Mom” off the hook that easily. Costello is a survivor of domestic abuse, and she proceeded to attack Patton’s arguments, noting that she wouldn’t contact Patton for support in the event of a future assault. Patton, however, kept right on digging:
You probably could come to me because I’m a sympathetic ear. But first, I would tell you, be smarter next time. Exercise more self control next time. Use better judgement next time in how you choose your friends.
Costello struck back, noting that “and then you want me to go the police and file charges after you said that to me?” She added “After you said that to me, I ain’t going to the police! Are you kidding? You just said it was partially my fault because I was drunk!”
Patton backed off, noting that “I didn’t say it was your fault, I said you could have prevented it.”
Costello merely sighed, saying that, “It’s not as easy as that.”
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