A young prodigy of political incorrectness 

American University student Alex Knepper has a bit of the dickens in him.

Knepper writes an op-ed column for The Eagle, the campus student newspaper. His writing is articulate, eloquent, brash and refreshingly free of politically correct dogma.

There are those in the AU community who don’t think quite as highly of him. According to a column he wrote on March 28, commentators on The Eagle Web site invariably call him a “misogynist,” a “rape apologist” and a “pro-date rape protofascist.”

Knepper’s March 28 column isn’t likely to warm the hearts of his detractors either.

He referred to them in one passage as “a sniveling bunch of emotional cripples.” He chided AU’s feminists and Gay Party activists for what he considered their over-the-top reaction to comments made by a student who was running for student government vice president.

Then, in a stunning coup de grace, he challenged the whole notion of “date rape” with the following quote:

“Let’s get this straight: any woman who heads to an El party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy’s room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK? To cry ‘date rape’ after you sober up the next morning and regret the incident is the equivalent of pulling a gun to someone’s head and then claiming that you didn’t ever actually intend to pull the trigger.

“‘Date rape’ is an incoherent concept. There’s rape and there’s not-rape, and we need a line of demarcation. It’s not clear enough to speak merely of consent, because the lines of consent in sex — especially anonymous sex — can become very blurry.”

It was at that point the proverbial grits hit the fan.

Editors at The Eagle issued a quick apology. Some students gathered up every issue of the March 28 edition of the paper and stacked them outside The Eagle offices.

Once again the charges that Knepper was a “rape apologist” and “date rape apologist” flew. And, according to one news story, at least one commentator accused him of “hate speech.”

That observer won’t dare say that about the attacks against Knepper. “Hate speech” only applies to certain pre-determined “victim” groups. Have you ever heard Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s comments about white males referred to as “hate speech”?

Case closed, moving on.

Knepper didn’t come anywhere near close to apologizing for date rape. He just said that if a guy and a gal get sloshed at a party, go to the guy’s room and end up having sex, then the issue of whether the gal consented is problematic.

She’s drunk, for heaven’s sake. She’s in no shape to say with any conviction what she did or didn’t consent to. Neither, for that matter, is the guy.

The best way for gals to protect themselves from “date rape,” and for guys to protect themselves from false accusations of “date rape,” is for guys and gals at frat parties to act responsibly in the first place.

Remember the Duke University lacrosse players who were falsely accused of raping a stripper? I chided the accuser in my column, but I also took to task, in several columns, the boozing, stripper-ogling bunch of jocks that put themselves in that position in the first place. If guys must ogle strippers, let them do it in strip clubs like normal perverts.

Here’s a little math equation Knepper’s critics will never understand: Guys + Gals + Parties + Excessive Boozing = Some gal(s) getting raped or some guy(s) getting falsely accused of rape.

Sounds like a lose-lose situation for everybody.

Examiner columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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