A Wall Street Journal columnist drew some heat on Tuesday for declaring that recent investigations into sexual assault in the military were nothing more than a "war on men."
Activists and members of Congress have fought a highly publicized campaign in recent months to curb the astounding levels of rape and assault in the military. The Journal's James Taranto, though, was apparently so disturbed by one investigation that he called the entire debate "a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to criminalize male sexuality."
These lines were met with quick anger:
So, @jamestaranto, if punishing sexual assault is "criminalizing male sexuality," then are you opposed to laws that outlaw rape?
-- Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) June 18, 2013
Don't forget, @jamestaranto also wrote this post-Aurora: "I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice."
-- Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) June 18, 2013
-- Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) June 18, 2013
Most men don't rape, actually, James Taranto. But implying that they do emboldens rapists who want to believe they're normal.
-- Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) June 18, 2013