George Will Makes People Angry With Comments on Sex Assault, Swarthmore

Quotes from Philly Mag story about the issue.

George Will, the conservative columnist, is under fire today for comments he made about campus sex assault — comments partly inspired by Philly Mag’s story examining the handling of assault allegations at Swarthmore.

First, Will:

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”:

“They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped.. . . And then he started again a few minutes later, taking off my panties, taking off his boxers. I just kind of laid there and didn’t do anything — I had already said no. I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. I let him finish. I pulled my panties back on and went to sleep.’”


Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped. Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims...

Gawker comments:

According to Will's column today in the Post, the modern college experience's sexual power dynamic is much like baseball, in that it's a hidebound tradition that gives us rough-and-tumble Americans our identity, and its ambiguities ought not to be tampered with by the righteous "progressivism" of big government ... What could be worse than socialist interference in an American man's right to put "sexual assault" in scare quotes while discussing the sexual assault of a woman who repeatedly says no?

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  • http://jaimegandarilla.tumblr.com/ Jaime Gandarilla

    what scares me the most is that many people agree (maybe not a 100%)

    This is the year 2014; we discovered things, we left our childish beliefs behind, WHY ARE WE STILL MORE THAN HAPPY TO SCAPEGOAT JEWS, BLACKS, GAYS AND WOMEN?! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??!?”?!?!?!

  • Natalie S.

    Since when is sexual assault put in quotes? Maybe I’ll start saying “religion,” “murder,” etc. Doesn’t make them any less real…..

  • Ethan Quiñones

    Gawker is completely wrong. What he is saying is that the changing dynamics of sexuality on campuses have not matured. College students want to freely have sex, but when consequences arise, they tend to regress into a victim state to free themselves of responsibility.

  • buzzbye

    What ever happened to parents teaching the kids to have morals and being responsible? Or is that asking to much of these rich college kids anymore?

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  • OHDisqusNSA666100

    So hey you big Washington Post paid-columnist guy George Will, was your guy charged or convicted of rape?
    Why’d you stop telling the story before the conclusion? What happened?