Jon Stewart latest show zeroes in on sexual assault on college campuses, and the results speak for themselves. From Jon Stewart’s increasing agitation over gender-related injustice to a subtle “Not All Men!” shout out, the segment tears into gender-related inequality.
Stewart’s main target was the case at James Madison University, where three fraternity boys recorded videos of themselves sexually assaulting an incapacitated classmate over spring break. The video was forwarded repeatedly to other frat boys. By the time the victim found out about the video, there was little she could do. The punishment for the frat brothers? Expulsion upon graduation.
Or, as Stewart said, “Graduation.” In quotes.
James Madison University isn’t alone in this problem; while the clip refers to 55 schools under investigation by the Department of Education for mishandling cases of sexual assault, Jezebel reports that the actual number is 63.
After the introduction, the clip shifts to the correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper. The two correspondents have great advice for having college fun; Klepper’s tips are for frat boys looking to get the most out of their college experience (drinking, wasting their parent’s money, and giving the rest of us went to a school to learn a bad name). Williams, meanwhile, spends the segment explaining to women how they can avoid rape. Their exchange grows increasingly divergent, until they finally reach a breaking point:
KLEPPER: You’re telling me that women just spend their whole day just navigating an obstacle course of sexual menace?
WILLIAMS: Pretty much.
KLEPPER: Ha! Sorry. But not all men are bad! Some are still gentlemen, thank you very much.
WILLIAMS: Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind the next time a guy says he wants to lick my back when I’m walking to work at eight in the fucking morning.
What’s really interesting is that chivalry and “gentlemanly codes” are just as sexist as the misogynistic diatribes on MRA websites. There are two ways to dehumanize a group: to demonize them, or to idolize them. Guess which one the chivalric and gentleman codes do?
Watch The Daily Show target sexual assault on college campuses.