Liberals seem to have a pretty poor grasp of the difference between the real and the ideal.
Others have dissected the various crazy responses to Emily Yoffe's piece warning women against binge drinking. The strange one that keeps coming up is "teaching men not to rape".
We don't talk about teaching murderers not to kill. Or teaching muggers not to mug.
It's generally understood that there is a criminal ecology out there that will do nasty things to you, whose members can be locked up, but who probably won't be reformed. Even the sorts of liberals who write essays like this don't tend to urge teaching men not to kill.
That would be... well... stupid. But stupid is ubiquitous.
So, is telling women to stop being so drunk really the best advice you can give people to prevent rape? It's like telling people not to drive late at night because they might die at the hands of a drunk driver — these people aren't breaking the law, yet they're the ones being targeted and asked to compromise their lives. What about teaching men not to rape?
Teaching people not to drive through the ghetto at night is actually pretty good advice for avoiding carjackings.
Liberals seem to have a pretty poor grasp of the difference between the real and the ideal. In terms of strict ideology, we should not accept a world where anyone has to restrict their freedom to avoid being carjacked. And maybe that's a courageous position... if anyone wants to take it. In the real world, you'll end up carjacked.
Giving potential victims advice is actually good advice.
"If rapists would stop raping people, campus alcohol culture wouldn't lead to sexual violence," another person added.
And if murderers and muggers and criminals in general would stop doing bad things, we could all leave our doors unlocked at night. But that's the ideal, not the real.
Alexander Abad-Santos, the writer of this piece, is a man. I assume he doesn't rape. Was that because he took a college course Not Raping 101?
Liberals don't like the idea that there's a basic difference in values between criminals and non-criminals. They look for social explanations. They babble about rape culture and the patriarchy. But crime is simply the result of fraying values and in part, broken families.
Some studies show that a majority of rapists came from single parent households. But that explanation would go over even worse than the binge drinking. And yet it has some truth to it.
We had rape before the collapse of the family, but our crime waves are largely the result of social instability, of broken families and of multicultural cities and towns filled with roaming strangers who feel little kinship for one another.
To the extent that rape culture is an issue, it's the product of the very counterculture that liberalism championed and champions.
But all that is the real, not the ideal, and liberalism doesn't accept the real. Instead it would like to teach the world to sing and rapists not to rape.