The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 24, 2014

Attitude adjustment

I was pleased to see your article in Sunday’s paper on the negative reactions of regional advocates against violence toward women in the recent column by George Will on college campus rape culture. As a mother of a young woman in college, I can tell you that Will’s defensive and undeniably dismissive attitude to this horrific problem should not go unchallenged.

So imagine my surprise when I noticed in the same edition of The Daily Item, a column by Will in the opinion section. If a writer is a misogynist, that doesn’t necessarily negate his ability to reason and write well, nor does it mean that said writer should not be able to express his opinion.

What I object to is my local paper giving him a published voice. We must do everything we can to divest our culture from the pervasive climate of rape. Whether we work to end domestic violence against women by social means, or by spiritual efforts, is no small step to refuse to publish the voices of those who profess harmful messages that denigrate women and perpetuate the “victimhood” of rape survivors.

The Rev. Robin Jarrell, Lewisburg

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