thoughts on empathy and the UVA Rolling Stone scandal

So three guys are suing Rolling Stone for its false article.

Inaccurate journalism? Libel? Bad, bad. Yes, I agree. Bad things.

What I don’t quite understand is the outrage I see from UVA students (especially women) over the whole thing. God forbid our school be tarnished, right?

It would be a major bummer to be in a frat at the University of Virginia and also to be a white, straight male and then have someone accuse you of rape. That would be bad shit.

This would suck: “upon release of the article, family friends, acquaintances, co-workers and reporters easily matched ____ as one of the alleged attackers and, among other things, interrogated him, humiliated him, and scolded him.”


Give me $75,000 for that, please, please. I need it. I was in a frat at UVA.

You know what would also suck?

Getting raped.

Major bummer.

Oh man but that girl who lied about her story or wait got her story confused or maybe didn’t want the final story to go to press — that girl was a bad person! How dare she lie! We hate her for ruining our reputations. For her words leading to us being SCOLDED. Fuck that girl.

I wonder what it would feel like to be so, so sad that you would talk to a complete fucking stranger and make up something absolutely horrific just to be heard? Say that you were gang raped just so someone could hear your voice? So that one person could connect with you for one second, so that a single human could say, “it’s going to be okay.”

That would probably feel worse than being scolded.

But what do I know.

I’m sorry y’all’s rep got tarnished for no fault of your own. Maybe when you sign up to be a frat boy that just comes with the territory. Maybe “you’ll probably be accused of rape” should be required rush reading. But maybe for one tiny second, just a milli-second you could pull your collective heads out of your privileged asses and not care what people think.

Stop giving a shit what those damn SCOLDERS are saying.

Think about the girl who cried rape. Think about what would make someone do that.

Think about rape. Your girlfriend probably has. Probably more than you even know. Ask her about it. Are you too scared to?

Maybe instead of directing $75,000 into the pockets of your chubbies you could direct a little bit of empathy to rape victims. To people who have suffered real hurt. Start a group for them. Show support. Be bigger than the false accusations.

Just a suggestion.


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