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Well, isn’t this a relief?

The Guardian view on the VW scandal: punish the guilty

As opposed to punishing the innocent perhaps?

2 thoughts on “Well, isn’t this a relief?”

  1. As opposed to punishing the innocent perhaps?

    The Western Left has long since caught up with Stalinism. Ezra Klein said that Affirmative Consent laws were a good thing because they would send innocent men to jail and hence intimidate all men.

    The Yes Means Yes law is trying to change a culture of sexual entitlement. That culture of sexual entitlement is built on fear; fear that the word “no” will lead to violence, or that the complaint you bring to the authorities will be be ignored, or that the hearing will become a venue for your humiliation, as the man who assaulted you details all the ways you were asking for it. “No Means No” has created a world where women are afraid. To work, “Yes Means Yes” needs to create a world where men are afraid.

    For that reason, the law is only worth the paper it’s written on if some of the critics’ fears come true. Critics worry that colleges will fill with cases in which campus boards convict young men (and, occasionally, young women) of sexual assault for genuinely ambiguous situations. Sadly, that’s necessary for the law’s success. It’s those cases — particularly the ones that feel genuinely unclear and maybe even unfair, the ones that become lore in frats and cautionary tales that fathers e-mail to their sons — that will convince men that they better Be Pretty Damn Sure.

    Punishing the innocent is not a bug, it is a feature to these people.

  2. Wait until it’s her child that’s on the hook for expulsion.
    The comedy blackish dealt with this recently where a mother lead a campaign for zero tolerance in school only to have her child expelled for the n-word. Cue discussion of who can’t or can say that word (and others) in what circumstances and her I didn’t really mean zero claim as its my kid.

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