A week ago Yevgeniya Lomakina of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Daily Collegian wrote a column criticizing sex outside of marriage and other artifacts of such “feminist movements as ‘female liberation’ – women having the freedom to have sex with anyone, anywhere.”
“If a young woman wears a promiscuous outfit to a party,” Lomakina continued, “then proceeds to drink and flirt excessively, she should not blame men for her downfall. She made a decision to dress a certain way, to consume alcohol and should be prepared to deal with the consequences. Far from being a victim of rape, she is a victim of her own choices.”
The column drew exactly the response you’d imagine, leading the Daily Collegian to post an apology the next day. Both Lomakina and night editor Hannah McGoldrick, who greenlit the piece, were fired from the paper.
But Lomakina, for her part, insists she was misunderstood. She wasn’t talking about actual rape in the passage in question, she insists, but circumstances in which “women put themselves in a vulnerable position by dressing provocatively and consuming alcohol,” then “consent to sexual activity,” but later “regret it and accuse their partner of rape.”
Glad she cleared that up.