Rhea Karuturi wrote a recent op-ed in the Stanford Daily about how she and her friends get afraid on campus because of the ever-present fear of being attacked and raped. She told about how her friend was afraid during a five-minute walk, one she makes all the time.
What I’m talking about has a technical name: It’s rape anxiety. It’s the anxiety, the mundane, common anxiety — when you’re walking, when you’re going somewhere new, whatever — that there is a danger you could get raped. But more simply, what it feels like is fear. It feels like not being comfortable walking back to your own dorm, your home, and it feels like looking over your shoulder because it’s after 8 p.m. I keep telling myself that I’m overreacting, that really, the chances are so slim — but then I’m alone and walking to Toyon to do a p-set, and everything looks sinister in the orange street lights. It’s almost comical, except it’s not at all.
She goes on to define it:
It’s a general feeling of fear — it’s having to weigh the chance that you won’t be safe when deciding if you want to go to a meeting across campus at 9:30 p.m. And the more I talk about it with my friends, that more we kept coming back to the same ideas: It is so real to us, this fear. Whether you knew the term or not, we all knew the feeling — all feel it more often than would seem rational. And it’s not fair.
She's right that it's not rational. Liberal feminists are hell-bent on trying to convince Americans that college campuses are particularly dangerous for women, they're demonizing male students, and they're radically expanding the definition of the word rape to include any sex that -- in retrospect -- is regretted. But there's a cost to all of this fear-mongering, and the people bearing the brunt of it? Female students on college campuses. They're told all the time that rape might happen at the drop of a hat... there's got to be a psychological effect to that.
Karuturi wrote, "Some things are invisible, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be shared, or that they’re any less serious than statistics or hard evidence. In fact, they have to be shared because they can only be made visible by those who experience it." Which is simply not true. If women are walking around terrified that they're going to be raped at night, they need to do something about it. Self-defense classes might help, or -- where legally permissible -- women should buy a gun and learn how to use and carry it safely.
It also might help if they tune out the liberal hyperbole about the so-called "rape culture" on college campuses.
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