Sandy Hingston has captured, in an article of extraordinary importance, the fruits of political correctness in the Dept of Education (the insistence that colleges make it almost impossible for men to be found innocent of charges of sexual misbehavior), the infantilization of women; the grotesque joining of careerism, cynicism, and ideological blinders to actual justice in what is now the sexual assault racket; the painful vulnerability of every male on our campuses; the contempt for due process and fairness in emerging campus judicial systems; and the certain human tragedies that will follow in the wake of this.
We have criminal courts, of course, but they sometimes actually find innocent males innocent, so that will not do. And there, on the Main Line, sits the huckster Brett Sokolow, getting rich by trivializing actual rape and conflating it with voluntary sex or even touching on a few drinks, often initiated by the women themselves. I once asked the long-ago Vice-Provost for University Life at Penn, Jim Bishop, when this stuff—now mandated by the federal government—was first coming in at the University.
“If a man came to you on a Sunday morning and said he’d been raped…. the woman had given him four drinks…would you charge the man with rape?” He said, “You don’t understand the power imbalance between women and men.” I said, “You don’t understand the legal equality for which women have fought.”
All fundamental fairness disappears from campus judicial systems now, and we send our children, young adults, and future individuals of possible influence to places where they learn to accept injustice, kangaroo courts, double standards, and all the things that, in fact, decent Americans have struggled against for these past fifty years. I am so grateful to you for getting this story, in its real terms, out to the public. It’s already circulating widely on Facebook. I’ve read twenty pieces on the “Dear Colleague” letter. Sandy Hingston’s is the finest, and nothing is in second place. I’ve sent it on to all the serious journalists and columnists I know. Thank you, Sandy.