Princeton Mom Is Back And Worse Than Ever: Acquaintance Rape Isn’t ‘Rape,’ It’s A ‘Learning Experience’
Susan Patton aka ‘The Princeton Mom’ aka champion of the idea that you should devote your time in college to finding a man to marry, is back in the spotlight again. You have to hand it to her; she’s managed to turn her brief stint in the public eye as an idiot who would dare tell female academics to prioritize marriage over studies, to ongoing appearances. All she has to do is say something ridiculous, hateful, and anti-woman – and poof! She’s back on TV. This time, she’s telling victims that acquaintance rape isn’t rape — it’s “a learning experience.”
Patton can’t seem to wrap her tiny brain around the idea that “rape” and “sex” are two entirely different things. She sat down with Carol Costello on CNN to talk about the state of sexual assault on college campuses. Costello opens by asking, “You said that you can’t believe that rape could be a difficult thing to talk about. Why do you say that?” If there were a thought bubble over Costello’s head at that moment, it would have said, “You f-ing idiot. I can’t believe you’re on my show.” Patton replies, “Well, obviously any discussion about sex is a little bit difficult, it’s a topic that requires delicacy and sensitivity… but first of all were talking about nothing but rape on campus for the last several months… But what makes this conversation so particularly crippling is the definition of rape. It no longer is when a woman is violated at the point of a gun or a knife, we’re now talking about — or identifying as rape — what really is a clumsy hook-up melodrama or a fumbled attempt at a kiss or a caress.”
Yes, she actually said that. Just so you know, it’s not rape unless you’re walking down a dark alley and a man with a ski mask on holds a gun to your head. Never mind that the majority of rapes are perpetrated by acquaintances, because why worry about actual facts when you can go on CNN with your teased, Aqua-netted hair and spout a bunch of anti-woman, victim blaming, nonsense?
Costello points out that most rapes happen between people who know each other. To which Patton replies, “Well, it makes one wonder, why do you not just get up and leave? Or tell a man who’s making advances that you’re not comfortable with, “You know what? Stop and leave. Stop and leave.”
Patton just solved the entire problem of campus and acquaintance rape. All we have to do is say, “Stop and leave.” Why didn’t those of us who have been victims of assault ever think of that?
Patton thinks there’s “rape and then there’s rape.” She thinks it’s mostly just a bunch of women getting very drunk and experiencing a consensual hook-up that they regret:
“I believe that she experienced something that she regretted. I believe that she got very drunk, and had sex with a man that she regretted the next morning. To me, that’s not a crime, that’s not rape. That’s a learning experience. That’s a learning experience that has to do with making choices and taking responsibility for the choices you make.”
I never understand people, especially women, who refuse to believe that rape exists and is as prevalent as it is. I just don’t get it. Apart from that, what motivates one to take to a cable network and spout such nonsense? What is the point? I have no idea — all I know is that it’s messages like hers that make it that much harder for rape victims to come forward. This woman is vile.