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National Review Writer's Horrendous Rape Column Sparks Backlash

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A recent National Review column about rape has spurred a flurry of horrified reactions.

On Monday, writer A.J. Delgado attributed the rising number of rapes reported on college campuses to more women simply "crying rape."

There was plenty of backlash, with Slate's Katy Waldman calling the claim the National Review's "most wildly offensive premise yet," and Cosmopolitan managing editor Alie Martell calling the piece the "worst ever article published."

In her piece, Delgado blamed liberals for "brainwashing" women into believing they were raped. She lamented that liberals have expanded the definition of rape to now mean "any sexual activity in which the woman is not sober," and blurred the line between "rape" and "sexual assault."

She proceeded to claim there are two reasons why the increase in rape reports is merely a myth.

"Are college administrators, now largely in charge of presiding over rape allegations, quick to pronounce a situation as a rape, erring on the side of caution and of extreme feminism?" Delgado wrote.

She continued, "Are women themselves being taught to believe they were raped (the aforementioned “only sober consent is true consent!” notion)? Yes. And that, ironically enough, makes these women victims of liberal culture, too."