Today on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters discussed James Taranto’s controversial Wall Street Journal column from Monday, “Drunkenness and Double Standards.” In this column, Taranto has been criticized of victim-blaming, as he compares rape to two drunk drivers colliding.
“If two drunk drivers are in a collision, one doesn’t determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver’s sex. But when two drunken college students ‘collide,’ the male one is almost always presumed to be at fault. His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him.”
Whoopi seemed to agree with the controversial journalist, taking it a level further, boldly stating:
“My opinion is, if you don’t want this kind of attention, don’t get poop-faced,” she said. “Do not get poop-faced. Do not become so drunk you don’t know what is happening. When you say, ‘X, Y, Z happened,’ you have no way of proving it. So both parties, if you don’t want the agitation, do not become so drunk you can’t figure out what the hell you’re doing.”
While I understand that Goldberg is saying that women need to also be responsible for their own actions, there are many sexual assaults on women that have nothing to do with them being drunk or inebriated. Whoopi’s words of advice lean more on the lines of victim-blaming that Taranto waxed poetic over in his Wall Street Journal article. The problem with Goldberg’s statement is that it perpetuates the mindset of the biggest troll of 2014 thus far (Taranto).
It was Jenny McCarthy who was the voice of reason, as she disagreed with Taranto and Goldberg, stating, “I think no means no, period, no matter where you’re at,” she said, though failed to point out “that ‘not yes’ also means no,” as Mediaite noted. McCarthy added that, “In college, I went to so many after parties, that does not mean I’m giving an OK to have sex.”
Less than half of all rapes are reported, while only 12 percent of rapes result in an arrest, 5 percent in felony convictions, and 3 percent in jail time. No one is going to jail because two people woke up and felt remorseful about “colliding.” Consent is a funny thing. Many people are mistaken in thinking it’s up to a woman to provide consent. That’s not true. A woman is not here to provide that or deny it–it takes two. Two. Barbara Walters said, rather bluntly, “the point is that he supposedly, because of the different sexes, because he’s the one who is being the perpetrator, or penetrator, okay?” While her statement seems crass, she’s got a point. Where there is rape, there is no consent. It’s a man’s duty to get a woman’s full consent before engaging in sexual acts because otherwise, lines get blurred.
Goldberg has always had an interesting perspective on rape. In 2009 when she and the rest of the cast of “The View” were talking about Roman Polanski drugging and having sex with a 13-year-old child. Whoopi said that it wasn’t “rape-rape.” There are many cases of rape that can be a bit murky, but when a 43-year-old man has sex with a drugged and unconscious 13-year-old, there’s nothing else to call it except rape…and creepy.