George Will is a conservative newspaper columnist. He's been writing a twice-weekly column for the Washington Post since 1974. His syndicated column runs in 475 newspapers. To put it another way, one in four daily newspapers in the United States features George Will. He has a huge platform. He's abused it repeatedly over the years, writing occasional racist, sexist, and homophobic commentary. Early this month, he took abusing his platform to a whole new level.
On June 6, 2014, George Will's syndicated column was titled: Colleges Become the Victims of Progressivism. It was a look at rape on college campuses. Will announced that "when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."
Where, oh where was George Will to tell my 16 year old self after being gang raped by Hell's Angels prospects, how coveted and privileged my new status was? If only I'd known - I might not have spent a big chunk of my life trying to recover from the experience. If I'd only understood the PRIVILEGE that had been conferred upon me, I might not have experienced so much fear, anger, and mistrust in intimate relationships. I would have been filled with pride at having been gifted with a lifetime of PTSD.
He said this, too: Consider the supposed epidemic of campus rape, aka "sexual assault."
Because the bitches are lying, amirite George Will? Because after all, it's such a privilege to be raped by one of you men. Every girl dreams of it.
The Washington Post has said that Will's column was "well within the bounds of legitimate debate." Because rape, dear readers, is apparently up for debate. Conservatives have been pretending for some time that the bitches are all lying. After all, we have ways of shutting that whole thing down, don't we? If you slutty McSlatterns weren't out at morning/noon/evening/night wearing whore clothes you wouldn't be getting raped, now would you? Well, except for when you're at home alone in bed, and an intruder comes in and beats and rapes you anyway - when you're 75 years old. I'm glad Florence Holway didn't have to hear about how privileged she was to have that experience.
Whenever it happens, (and that's a big if, because we know you're all lying!) it's your own fault for being dressed slutty, going to his place, going out, going outside...breathing.
It's also worth nothing that the editors on duty the day George Will turned in this masterpiece were all men. And that, friends, is a big fucking part of the problem. It's men who think rape is up for debate.
Two more things. The Union Leader - right here in NH - served up George Will's column. One can only assume they share George Will's sentiments. I hope you will call them up and ask them.
Here's the contact information for the managing editor: John Toole firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone # for the newsroom: (603) 668-4321 ext. 805 . The phone number for the publisher: Joe McQuaid, publisher, (603) 668-4321 ext. 559
Tell them to stop running Will's columns.
That's what Tony Messenger did. Tony Messenger is the editor of the St. Louis Dispatch, a newspaper that USED to run George Will's column. On June 19, he announced that the paper was replacing George Will with conservative writer Michael Gerson:
The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.
Erik Wemple of WaPo interviewed Tony Messenger:
“Seeing the reaction and intensity of the hurt in some of social media and the reaction of women I know and talking to people who really were offended by the thought that sexual assault victims would seek some special victimhood — it helped seeing that response and it informed my opinion.”
Just like that, he fired George Will. Unlike rape, it wasn't up for debate.