This dude, like every other student entering Uni these days, was to take a little seminar on sexual consent. Instead of learning, he decided to tell all the women in the world he’s a male supremacist.
Consent is something young people need to learn about because we have a huge sexual assault problem and it’s mainly men who perpetrate this crime. There have already been many surveys targeting young men and women which show that they don’t understand 1) what sexual assault is and isn’t and 2) what consent is. This is why we must learn but George up there has it all figured out.
There’s a sexual assault problem on campus. We know this. We’re trying, as feminist activists, to do something about it and as usual men are whining and having tantrums. You mean, our society is actually paying attention to male violence? Get used to it fellas. Patriarchy is going down.
The reason why men like George balk, is because they’re arrogant and hate the fact that women have put sexual assault into the public consciousness. Men want rape and sexual assault to remain hidden, to remain private, so they can maintain their privilege and domination over women. There’s a mechanical reason for this.
Remember, all men keep all women in a state of fear with the threat of rape. Because of this, women end up settling for male protectors which will lessen their chances of being sexually assaulted or harmed in other ways by other men.
Women are considered male property in patriarchy and we are traded among them as such. Women are still given as gifts in patriarchal tribal societies or as marriage tokens to seal alliances that bring men more power. Some men literally collect women as objects and ‘own wives.’
In other words, men don’t view women as autonomous human beings. You’re either a woman owned by one man or by many.
As we’ve learned through women’s experiences, when a man advances on them and they don’t want it, it’s easier to tell him you have a husband or a boyfriend (protector) because he respects men more than he does you. He sees you as a sex object owned by another man, not a human being who can say no and have it taken seriously. This is why women use the ‘boyfriend excuse’ when a guy is being aggressive.
You see, this is part of Hobbes Choice, part of patriarchy. If women are in fear, it’s more likely they’ll be forced by Hobbes choice to take a male protector even if deep down they don’t want one. Women will also put up with a lot of shit to keep that protector. Maybe he beats her. Maybe he psychologically hurts her by putting her down. It’s better than being the public property of all men.
By keeping rape and sexual assault private, by taking focus away from it as a serious problem, men are able to maintain women’s fear and Hobbes choice. This in turn means women will be forced into Hobbes choice: forced between having an asshole male partner as private sphere protector (one guy) OR many assholes, many men in the public sphere. Women end up settling for one guy, even if he abuses her, because he’s probably more predictable and there’s only one of him.
Imagine for a minute a world where women were completely free of male violence. Do you think women would put up with half the shit our ‘male protector’ boyfriend/husband put us through if we knew that we could have freedom from many males in the public sphere? Course not. ALL men have to ensure that they keep all women afraid so that it’s easier for them to have a ‘little woman’ for themselves. This is classic patriarchy.
Women are prey no matter where they are, public or private. It’s just easier to have one man to deal with than all men. That’s why assholes like Thunderfoot and Crocoduck HATE that rape is being addressed so publicly. It literally will make it harder for them to find a woman to dominate because if male violence is addressed properly women won’t have to settle for them.
At least Georgie boy up there sent a message loud and clear to all the women on his campus that he’s got problems, serious ones. He’s not for women’s liberation or women’s freedom from male violence. This is why these men are male supremacists. They are desperately trying to hold on to patriarchal privilege at every turn.