03/06/2014 Jonathan Taylor

After pressure from men’s advocates, Goshen College changes its webpage demonizing the vast majority of men for “psychological rape”

Recently, I covered how Goshen College declared on its website that male students who breathe heavily, whistle, and stare at women are the equivalent of rapists (yes, they really did). It was part of a set of “tips” for men to “stop rape.” It read:

“Don’t allow psychological rape or commit it yourself. Psychological rape consists of verbal harassment, whistles, kissing noises, heavy breathing, sly comments or stares. These are all assaults on any woman’s sense of well-being.”

I managed to preserve a screenshot of the page (click to enlarge):

Goshen college psychological rape

A thread on Reddit was also started up to ask Goshen College to correct these horribly biased statements. This is what the webpage looks like now:

Goshen changes its website

And on that same Reddit thread, a user named GoshenCollege recently posted this message:

“Greetings from Goshen College. I appreciate you bringing this webpage to our attention and sharing your concerns about it with us. It was an old page that had not been reviewed in a very long time. We have removed it and are assessing improved resources for our students to help them reduce sexual violence against anyone.”

– Jodi Beyeler, Goshen College Director of Communications and Marketing

Goshen College is still hosting one more page on sexual assault that demonstrates anti-male bias (“acquaintance rape prevention for men/women” – screenshot preserved here). We cannot hope to correct all the misguided and biased approaches to sexual assault on college campuses at once, but we can celebrate the baby steps as we make them.

Well done.

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Comments (4)

  1. Complaining has worked, most people are reasonable. Well done AVFMS. It now is up to MHRA’s to remain classy and appreciate the points made have been responded to in a reasonable manner.

     
  2. Great Job Jonathan! It may be a small victory but it’s still important. It puts the administration of Goshen College on notice. It lets them know that someone is watching, and when they show their anti-male bigotry, they will be taken to task for it. I’m sure this is being discussed in at least one Goshen College staff meeting today – and that’s a very good thing!

     
  3. Wow, Jonathan, U have complained about much ( and rightfully so), so its great to see you get a win every once in a while!!!! good work!!!

     

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