Kicking men off campus to curb sex crimes is the wrong idea
Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, is seriously concerned about sexual assault on their campus. And they're even more concerned it might be committed by a foreign, male student studying at the English Learning Center.
So Eckerd has come up with a solution: Kick all of the male ESL students out of campus housing and impose a strict 8 p.m. curfew for anyone who does not live on campus. In other words, men might be a potential threat, so let's make them someone else's problem.
What kind of sense does that make?
According to reports, Eckerd has recorded 15 sexual assaults between 2010 and 2012, but none resulted in arrests. And rather than crack down on the actual offenders, the college's new policy will impact all current and future male residents.
The school is trying to say they aren't being discriminatory. "We completely abide by Eckerd College's decision on how to proceed in the investigation and their interpretation of Title IX policies and procedures," said Alexandra Zilovic, the ELS senior vice president for operations and business affairs for North America. The private company provides English language education to foreign students.
So if this is the case, and it truly is OK to ban men from places simply because they might be a threat, then here are a few other places men should be kicked out of immediately.
The National Football League has a real problem on its hands trying to appear as if they're not simply willing to accept their players assaulting women. And let's not pretend like Ray Rice is the first NFL star to be caught in a domestic assault situation. Anyone heard of O.J. Simpson? How about Warren Moon and Jim Brown? If we're banning men based on a vague profile that indicates they might threaten women's safety, we need look no further than Monday Night Football and the NFL Hall of Fame.
Every bar ever
No woman who has ever entered a bar is of the mind they're in a particularly safe place. Wouldn't it be nice to have a bar where women could go and socialize with their friends without falling prey to the drunkest dude in the vicinity?
Everywhere you turn from dating apps to Facebook, dudes are angry and not afraid to tell you their deepest, darkest, angriest secrets. Online stalkers, revenge porn posters, gamers and other broad groups of men on the internet can be a scary proposition.
But what do you think? Does Eckerd College have the right idea, or are they taking it a bit too far? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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