Four white male students (rumored to be fraternity brothers) at the University of California San Diego thought it would be cute to create the "UCSD Intramural Rape League" as an oh so hilarious April Fool's Day joke. They wrote a mock article in the student newspaper about their group in which they describe their tactics for stalking women, techniques and strategies of rape, and go on to describe rape as an "art" form. Here's a quote:
"Often misunderstood, the team explained that verbal consent is a social construction made to enchain those who prefer to have sex without any semblance of communication before - and often during - sexual intercourse."
This is exactly why I posted this yesterday. It has definitely been my experience at Purdue, as I am sure it has for many others at various universities, that college men consider rape a complete joke. Action really needs to be taken to address the reality of this sort of college phenomenon, where rape is being normalized on a daily basis. The four men above are perfect sites of privilege being played out at the expense of true victims - I presume none of them have been raped and so they deem it fair game to mock the realities of those who have. Now, one could argue that the men are being tongue-and-cheek, that they clearly don't mean what they have said. But there is something about what they have done that leads me to believe that this wasn't a political project aimed at bringing the atrocities of rape to the forefront of everyone's minds. It seems more sinister in intent, more abusive and mocking. It seems that they had little care for the consequences of their actions on those who know who a rapist really is all too well.