Joe Biden Says All Drunk Sex Is Rape: ‘It’s Rape. It’s Rape. It’s Rape.’ It’s Not, Though. – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Source: Joe Biden Says All Drunk Sex Is Rape: ‘It’s Rape. It’s Rape. It’s Rape.’ It’s Not, Though. – Hit & Run : Reason.com

But Biden implicitly suggested that all drunk sex is rape. What’s fascinating about this opinion is that practically no one believes it to be true. It doesn’t work, quite obviously, in practice. Drunk couples have sex all the time, and no one believes that these encounters automatically constitute rape. I doubt seriously that most people, or even many people, think cultural norms should be revised so that sex is always off the table the second that alcohol enters the mix. I doubt that even Biden himself thinks this.

And yet the former vice president is proud of the work the Education Department has done to confuse college students about sex and consent. In the interview with Teen Vogue, he expressed concern that the new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, might reverse the Office for Civil Rights’ Obama-era Title IX guidance, which encouraged university administrators to presume that accused males were guilty of sexual misconduct.

“Let me tell you, it bothers me most if Secretary DeVos is going to really dumb down Title IX enforcement,” said Biden. “The real message, the real frightening message you’re going to send out is, our culture says it’s OK.”

But what does it say about our culture if the vice president of the United States—the foremost political advocate of policy changes relating to sexual assault on campus—doesn’t even know what the definition of rape is?

Why not just outlaw all sex and have done with it?