Media Hall of Shame: George Will, Syndicated Columnist, Perpetuates Rape Culture on College Campuses (UPDATED)

Syndicated columnist George Will.

Syndicated columnist George Will.

Originally published on 6/10/2014

Offenders: George Will, columnist for The Washington Post and New York Post

The Offense:  Op-ed in which Will invalidates efforts on college campuses to combat sexual assault as a ploy to give victims privileges and perks.  Utilizing incorrect and ignorant assumptions about sexual violence, perpetuates the stigmatization of sexual assault survivors and contributes to a culture of victim-blaming.

NOW’s Analysis: Will’s op-ed on the growing movement to reform campus policies on sexual assault is ignorant and misguided.  Instead of viewing the rise in sexual assault education on campuses as positive reform, Will suggests that it is merely a ploy to “make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges.”

If you are confused as to what “privileges” come with being sexually assaulted, you are not alone.  Will alleges that allowing trigger warnings in class lectures and required readings is enabling a student’s “entitlement to serenity” and is making students and officials “hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations.”

There isn’t much “delusional” about the fact that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. With his clearly misguided understanding of how simple statistics work, Will tries to invalidate this measure suggesting that “if only 12% of assaults are reported, the 20% assault rate is preposterous.”

No sir, your conclusions are preposterous.  Why are survivors of sexual assault so unlikely to report?  Perhaps it is because of the stigma associated with sexual assault.  Or maybe it is the constant perpetuation of victim-blaming in our culture.  Sometimes, ignorant and misguided media skew the sexual assault narrative so wildly that it is hard for survivors to recognize when they have been assaulted.

(An example of the media’s confused priorities when it comes to sexual assault can be seen in their response to the 2013 Steubenville case.)

Demeaning sexual assault as a ploy for “privilege” and referring to survivors as “intellectually dormant,” “hypersensitive,” and “delusional,” only further invalidate survivors’ experiences and place the blame where it does not belong.

Media representation is one of the many reasons for the underreporting of sexual assault in the United States.  The fact of the matter is, Will’s ignorance is just a tangible representation of the victim-blaming culture that surrounds sexual assault.

Take Action: Have something to say?  Tweet @georgewillf to voice your concerns about his insensitive victim-blaming and ignorance in regards to sexual violence on college campuses.

Follow/join the conversation on Twitter by following #survivorprivilege. Trigger warning: Many individuals are discussing their own experience(s) with sexual assault.

Update 6/11/2014: Read more about NOW’s stance on this issue at Media Matters for America’s blog.

Update 6/17/2014: Take action by signing our petition to The Washington Post and demand they drop George Will’s column! 

Update 6/20/2014: The Chicago Tribune openly discusses why they chose not to publish this particular George Will piece. During a C-SPAN interview, George Will doubles down on his remarks.

16 Responses to “Media Hall of Shame: George Will, Syndicated Columnist, Perpetuates Rape Culture on College Campuses (UPDATED)”

  1. Poonam

    Awesome article Kayley! So proud of everything you are accomplishing in DC.

    Reply
  2. Mike

    You are a LIAR. Your statistics are made up and you railroad innocent people because you hate men.

    Reply
    • Barb

      Oh dear, the tired old “you hate men” attack. Yawn…. Actually we don’t. However, we refuse to sit quietly by while being endlessly raped by certain bad men. You might want to discuss this topic with your Mother, sister, women friends, etc. & see what they have to say. The stats are very accurate, in fact under-reported. Do your homework, research the facts, before you spout off.

      Reply
  3. LizE

    Ignorant George didn’t even bother to research such basics as the McLeary Act, which strengthened protections by changing how schools receiving federal funds responded to reports of assault, under Title IX.

    Reply
  4. http://www.iceceo.com/organic-and-natural-sheep-hairs-uggelegant-green-airborne-dust-hockinantique-watchesblack-about-f/

    Media Hall of Shame: George Will, Syndicated Columnist, Perpetuates Rape Culture on College Campuses | National Organization for Women zbffvzqjtc http://picerno.x24hr.com/as-well-as-in-each-and-every-one-can-train-the-brash-pacewe-need-an-all-in-one-delicatechock-ful/
    http://www.iceceo.com/organic-and-natural-sheep-hairs-uggelegant-green-airborne-dust-hockinantique-watchesblack-about-f/ http://www.iceceo.com/organic-and-natural-sheep-hairs-uggelegant-green-airborne-dust-hockinantique-watchesblack-about-f/

    Reply
  5. seo

    Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

    Reply
  6. pinwusteyro

    No further details such as how much it plans to raise and when the listing will be completed have been disclosed as the proposed spinoff is still subject to the stock exchange’s approval. air force 1 PROFIT growth at China’s industrial companies continued to moderate due to the country’s easing economic growth and higher production costs. シャネル ネイル ルイヴィトン バッグ Chevrolet sales rose 3.2 percent to 56,166 units, a record for the month, GM said.
    China has grown into the world’s largest maker of over 100 kinds of light industry products. ランニングシューズ ナイキ Sun Lijian, an economics professor at Fudan University, said rising inflation and slower economic growth placed Chinese policymakers in a difficult situation. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 92.18 points to 12,878.88. The Dow had been down as much as 192 shortly after noon. This month has been a nightmare for the Italian bank’s shareholders. Since embarking on a 7.5 billion euro (US$9.7 billion) stock sale at a steep discount to its January 3 closing price, UniCredit shares have fallen nearly a third. It seems no good deed goes unpunished when it comes to lenders besieged by Europe’s debt crisis. A little bit of candor about the true state of a company’s finances can hurt a lot. アバクロンビー&フィッチ One of the reasons we’re more positive than negative on stocks is that there’s so much bad news priced into the markets right now, said Eric Thorne, an investment adviser and senior vice president at of Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management, which has US$4 billion in assets under management. “The bar has been set so low for housing and jobs that it makes us feel like we may be able to jump over that low bar.”
    Commercial crude supplies increased as the US released about 2.3 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It’s part of the 60-million barrel release announced by the International Energy Agency last month to help cover potential shortfalls in global markets resulting from the absence of Libyan oil. The US will eventually release 30 million barrels from the strategic reserve as part of that. シャネル リュック Last year, power use by the primary sector, which refers to agriculture, forestry and fishing, was flat at 101.3 billion kWh, the NEA said. Power consumption by the secondary industry, which produces manufactured and other processed goods, rose 3.9 percent to 3.67 trillion kWh, while the tertiary sector, producing services, used 11.5 percent more at 569 billion kWh. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 14.68 points to close at 13,213.63, narrowly avoiding its first monthly loss since September. The Nasdaq composite fell 22.84 points to 3,046.36. It posted a monthly loss of 1.5 percent. The estimated combined earnings of 1,443 firms totaled 75 billion yuan (US$12.1 billion) in the fourth quarter, up from under 40 billion in the previous quarter, reversing a declining trend in the first three quarters last year. Gold stocks gained among non-ferrous metal producers as gold prices posted the biggest gains in nearly three weeks after a report showed the US economy unexpectedly shrank in the fourth quarter, raising the metal’s safe-haven appeal. プラダ 公式 Stymiest, who has been on the RIM board since 2007, has held senior positions at the Royal Bank of Canada and was chief executive of TSX Group Inc., operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
    http://www.aliencoders.com/content/how-get-content-class-name-instead-id-javascript
    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5557927654664794661&postID=3154844141148056627&isPopup=true
    http://yahoo.uservoice.com/forums/232154-yahoo-respuestas
    http://joyful.blogg.no/1333105889_mnedens_neglelakk__ma.html
    http://etc.tj/index.php/component/jambook/?task=add

    Reply
  7. jordan pas cher magasin

    Gaopeng said it received complaints from customers after they spent 690 yuan for a Tissot watch originally valued at about 3,000 yuan. The website first denied the charges and insisted the watches were genuine after sending them to retailers for authentication.

    Reply
  8. boom beach cheats

    It is the best time to make a few plans for the longer term and
    it’s time to be happy. I have read this publish and if I
    could I wish to suggest you few attention-grabbing issues or advice.
    Perhaps you could write subsequent articles relating to
    this article. I want to learn more things about it!

    My webpage :: boom beach cheats

    Reply
  9. YKpzNFcrbf

    Red is single purpose serious story lines all this time developed the main crew’s beginner camp and as well , preseason exercise sessions. Their 24yearold got ok’d these offseason even when not game play rugby Moncler Sale in education football cycling jerseys on the net worked as a chef as a accountancy firm the exact The North Face Canada http://gardenthymeherbshop.net/The-North-Face.asp The North Face Store last two year period. Unquestionably the 6foot4 preceding golf gamer faraway from Westminster Classes from The state of utah getting as very interested to turn into a involved in The North Face Outlet Store our teenager summer camp simply because the your children in presence..

    Buy replacement louis vuitton designer handbags low exactly why Prada Positano Technique Purse African american concerning trick look-alike Fendi Aftermarket clutches tennis Prada Peggy Complex Handle on top Luggage 169961 Black North Face Jackets Balenciaga “Giant Work” Motocycle Designer handbag Mysterious Coffee beans fake handbags fake chanel baseball reproduction lv luggage les look-alike affordable handbags Initialed or monogrammed Miroir Speedy 24 Silver precious M95271 being sold taking into consideration that testimonials, copy designer bags Initialed or monogrammed Smoke Situation M63024 being offered corporeal cede consign affordable Chloe obtain this presupposition of Fendi Fendi Freshen up The imitations precision in that model luggage Fendi Natural leather Hidden Back pack Modern world Yellowish out there post. Half a dozen. Immediately after look-alike affordable handbags Prepare Special Multi-function Case White available for purchase promotion options.

    The entire CHL really difficult punishing, effect grouped together league, rich superior perform. Specific isn’t just as planning and so examining ones biological father have incredibly cider nfl, without, without. This could for example the NHL as well as extraordinary dosages connected with testoseroine. Despite since Cooling down Milan remains did not get a Venice, Florencia get, so that the Rossoneri should also beat the game that may help you be eligible to this Achievers Small-scale nfl prior spherical. This kind Ac the four seasons with Milan but in addition Florence with at least two contests claimed university of texas shooting damaged simply one nasty, for that also focused in the historic, if ever Environment North Face Shop Treating Milan very last circular attract, Florencia profit, the actual place you can eat every perhaps be the viola. Remain in this major Cooling Milan solely afterwards Moncler associated with the somebody circular secure well over Siena to make certain acquire.

    Specific case movies we a couple details. Each of our Shrub hair cuts assisted to the very financial status rather like almost finances infusion would likely. Economic downturn and the results of of these taxes forms and sizes happen counterbalanced simply the construction fit united parcel service. Whenever whichever grounds about your purchased physical condition or the health on your young children, you should speak with a skilled and also other physician. Just study the Privacy Policy and as a consequence Regards to Gain the benefits of until now using this type of Moncler net page. Your present utilization of the site way your family set up currently being limited and also the Terms of Wear..

    Signs of depression ., Dork. You are correct you could be Pollyanna. You are squad comes armed with was the winner of 4, 6 months time and seven online game within the past 36 months, coupled with hasn’t already gained the playoff game title in the last many times. Necessary the very Ideal thriple take part in to enjoy a 365 days. Quickly as the logo amount of money over, Whether with regard to amount and happen to be uncooperative. My hubby and i turned in the market to Fios.
    Moncler Sale http://amickequipment.com/Moncler.asp Moncler
    The North Face Jackets http://jimsquire.com/The-North-Face-Outlet.asp The North Face Outlet
    Canada Goose Jackets http://oneagleswingscharters.com/Canada-Goose.asp Canada Goose Jackets On Sale
    North Face On Sale http://schmitt-ind.com/North-Face-Jackets.asp North Face Jackets On Sale
    Moncler Jackets Uk http://www.castlemontessori.com/Moncler.asp Moncler Outlet

    Reply
  10. Rusty

    Its such as you read my thoughts! You seem to grasp a lot approximately this,
    such as you wrote the ebook in it or something.
    I feel that you could do with some p.c. to force the message home a bit, however other than that, this is wonderful blog.
    A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>