People for years have exercised caution as a means of self-preservation. Curbing one’s drinking in foreign social settings, as proposed by Slate contributor Emily Yoffe in her recent piece “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk,” is not unlike avoiding bad parts of town during certain hours of the night or driving with Spidey-like senses to avoid crossing paths with a drunken driver. It may be unfortunate — and no fault of the potential victim’s — but a reality law-abiding people deal with to save their skin.
Women limiting their alcohol consumption in foreign social settings isn’t about “good” or “proper behavior,” as postulated by PolicyMic writer Sarah Galo in “College Women Should Not ‘Stop Getting Drunk’ to Prevent Rape.” Rather, moderated alcohol consumption is a practical approach to safely negotiating one’s way around the land mines that are sexual predators.
Moral imperatives aside, if one must get a little (or a lot) inebriated, do so among trusted friends — not because there’s something wrong with you — but because there are so many things “right” with you. Send potential predators the message that you are not an easy target.
Better yet, have a drink or two and send decent men the message you’re open to getting to know them, and not in the biblical sense.
Besides, what woman likes hangovers and the creeping effects of alcohol-induced weight gain?
That said, I’ll leave you with Bill Cosby’s timeless take on drunkenness — something that, risks aside, just isn’t glamorous.
- “RAPEBAIT”: Georgia Tech frat under fire for racy email on how to get laid (rare.us)
- Elle magazine gives men advice on how not to be rapists (rare.us)
- How To Write About Rape Prevention Without Sounding Like An Asshole (jezebel.com)
- Emily Yoffe: Stop writing such horrible columns on sexual assault (kggibs.wordpress.com)
- Go home Yoffe, you’re drunk. (collegian.com)