Saturday, February 23, 2013

Patriarchy and sexual oppression at Colorado Springs

By Donald Sensing

In my post, "Lie back and think of Colorado," I posted the 10 rules the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs posted on its web site on how to handle being raped. I said they amounted to the post's title. The list got a lot of controversy around the internet, so before I get to UCCS's new defense of it, I'll post the 10 rules again here:
  1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
  2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
  3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.
  4. Don't take time to look back; just get away.
  5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
  6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
  7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
  8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
  9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
  10. Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
My protest against these tips is not that they are of no merit at all, but that UCCS believes that just these things obviate the need to any more effective measures. But first to UCCS's new defense thereof: Web page causes controversy | UCCS Communique in it entirety:
February 19, 2013
Posted by guest author
To the Campus Community:

I am writing to advise you of a recent controversy surrounding a Department of Public Safety web page.

A page containing information about rape prevention at UCCS was taken out of context on popular social media sites and has drawn the attention of local news media as well.

We apologize for the miscommunication and any confusion that this page may have caused.

No policy was changed by the University and no advisories about crime prevention were sent to faculty, staff and students, as has been reported. Additionally, the web page in question is not related to the gun control discussions now taking place in the Colorado General Assembly.

The page in question was created in 2006 as supplemental material for women who had completed an internationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense course offered free of charge to UCCS students. The 10 tips are considered last resort options when all other defense methods have been exhausted.

This page was intended as a reminder for graduates of the RAD program, an intensive self defense program, and part of a larger discussion of last-resort tactics.

As a response to recent interest in the page, the Department of Public Safety will update it to provide additional context and information about crime prevention and the opportunity to enroll in the RAD class.

I encourage you to share this information and thank you for your continued efforts to keep UCCS safe.

Jim Spice, executive director, Department of Public Safety
The key sentence is third from the end: the 10 tips comprise "an intensive self defense program, and part of a larger discussion of last-resort tactics."

Which is exactly the problem. There is no sane reason to claim any of the actions recommended here actually are the "last resort" unless the university deliberately wants women to have no other, effective resorts.

And who do you think immediately realized that very point? The first commenter at the "Communique" page:
February 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm
last resort or not, 2006 or 2013, as a woman and a rape victim, this is the most insulting, stupid and ineffective “advice” I’ve ever read. the post-backlash back pedaling doesn’t excuse the insult in any way.

taking responsibility for your own self defense is the best rape prevention possible and firearms are the most powerful way to do that. uccs would better serve the safety of its female students by allowing them to protect themselves instead of ineffective “safe zones.”
Where are the feminists in all this? You know, the ones who preach about women's empowerment and denounce male patriarchy and sexual oppression? If they had integrity, they would surely point out that all these "last resorts against rape" are being promulgated and enforced by  . . . (drum roll) . . . men. And who, might a feminist ask, is more invested than men in making sure that women remain defenseless and are not really empowered at all, especially against the most dreadful act an woman can endure short of murder?

That UCCS's rape-prevention policies are controlled by men such as Mr. Jim Spice is all the evidence we need that UCCS is heavily under male patriarchy and sexual oppression. The resistance in the male hierarchy to women being effectively armed is enforcing gender roles, oppressing women and reinforcing male aggression.

I defy you to rebut this on feminist grounds. And yet feminists are nowhere to be found in this issue. They are silent because Leftist Ideology is more important than feminist sisterhood. Feminists always suborn themselves to Leftism.