Regarding the article “Accusers and the Accused, Crossing Paths at Columbia University”.
 Paul Nungesser, who was accused of rape, says Columbia University is letting mob justice overrule its official procedures. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

This article, the Virginia University Rolling Stone article, and the Bill Cosby travesty has made me aware that new laws and institutional guidelines designed to protect rape victims are acting as anti-sex laws victimizing hundreds of thousands of men and women who engaged in consensual and loving sexual activities.

We should remember that the Feminist movement started by Simone de Beauvoir was started as an existentialist movement as a way to stop women from thinking of themselves as victims to men and actually being weak victims and inferior to men. Now we have laws and guidelines that demand that women announce themselves publicly as victims and institutionalizes inequality in treatment before the law. In this case the accused could not introduce the behavior of the alleged victim after the incident, while she could introduce evidence of his treatment of other women.

Since the beginning of known history, men and women have taken alcohol and drugs before engaging in sex. Now, laws criminalize this behavior. These are laws appropriate for Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, not the United States, where tens of millions of people habitually consume alcohol and drugs and engage in sex every weekend.

I include among these laws, the absurd 18 year old age of consent laws, higher than any country in Europe and equal to Saudi Arabia’s age of consent. Thousands of women teachers are in jail because of having consensual relationships with their 16 and 17 year old students. While firing these women may be appropriate, sending them to jail and destroying their lives is insane.

Unfortunately in many cases hard right-wing christian anti-sex conservatives in state legislatures have passed these laws, under the guise of protecting women and children. Unless Republicans are voted out of office, these laws will not be changed and tens of thousands of innocent men and women will continue to be victimized with being labelled sexual predators, thrown out of school, losing jobs, and going to jail.

This is being done in the name of stopping rape, but it is really anti-sex, anti-feminist and anti-humanist witch-hunting designed to stamp out original sin.