There are some people who don’t need to be suggesting things, because everything they suggest is just straight up wrong. There is absolutely nothing correct about anything they say, and the only time they’re right is when they get hit with “Stopped Clock” syndrome — and that stopped clock is on military time. Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly is one of those people.
Schlafly , writing in a column for Whirled Nut Daily, suggested that the problem of campus sexual assault is linked to increased enrollment of women at colleges. Asserting that “Boys are more likely than girls to look at the cost-benefit tradeoff of going to college, the imbalance of far more women than men at colleges has been a factor in the various sex scandals that have made news in the last couple of years.”
Actually, a real factor is that women are getting braver in reporting it. And that’s a good thing, because the harassment needs to stop.
It’s not a Schlafly article, however, without copious amounts of victim blaming from the anti-woman crusader with a BA from Washington University and an MA from Radcliff College.
Earlier in the article, Schlafly had been bemoaning the decline of male enrollment in college, noting that men counted for little under 40% of the population. Her solution to fix both that and the increase in sexual harassment reports?
One solution might be to impose the duty on admissions officers to arbitrarily admit only half women and half men.
Another solution might be to stop granting college loans, thereby forcing students to take jobs to pay for their tuition and eliminate time for parties, perhaps even wiping out time for fraternities and sororities. I went through college while working a full-time manual-labor job, and I don’t regret a minute of it; it was a great learning experience
Or — and hear me out on this — we can take the reports seriously, explain consent, discourage non-consensual activities, and allow anyone who wants to to attend college free of charge. And to make this plan fly, we could clip the wings of a plan that doesn’t.
I think that might solve the problem more effectively.