Bad Choices Lead to Bad Consequences
A conversation at dinner last evening about the increasingly vitriolic nature of punditry turned, inevitably, to Ann Coulter, whose writing most of us enjoyed immensely in the 1990s before she seemingly went off the deep end after the 9/11 attacks. One of my companions, who generally agreed with that assessment, nonetheless recommended her most recent piece.
Entitled, “Lie Down With Strippers, Wake Up With Pleas,” it makes some good points that are simultaneously obvious and profound.
However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don’t hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.
Also, you can severely reduce your chances of being raped if you do not go to strange men’s houses and take your clothes off for money. (Does anyone else detect a common thread here?)
Whenever a gun is used in a crime, there are never-ending news stories about how dangerous guns are. But these girls go out alone, late at night, drunk off their butts, and there’s nary a peep about the dangers of drunk women on their own in public. It’s their “right.”
Yes, of course no one “deserves” to die for a mistake. Or to be raped or falsely accused of rape for a mistake. I have always been unabashedly anti-murder, anti-rape and anti-false accusation — and I don’t care who knows about it!
But these statements would roll off the tongue more easily in a world that so much as tacitly acknowledged that all these messy turns of fate followed behavior that your mother could have told you was tacky.
The woman has a point.