In the most mature way possible, an elite social club comprised of students from Harvard dubbed “the final club” has put up a metaphorical “No Girls Allowed” sign in front of their club doors, arguing that it’s for their own good since they can’t get raped if they aren’t there!
Think it’s a joke? It’s not.
These “final clubs” allegedly said this in response to the university’s efforts to make the clubs co-ed, as well as new public data in The Harvard Crimson that suggests women who participate in club activities—whether as members or as guests—are more likely to experience “nonconsensual sexual conduct.”
“The corresponding survey statistic for all total female College seniors at Harvard was 31 percent, ‘suggest[ing] that a Harvard College woman is half again more likely to experience sexual assault if she is involved with a Club than the average female Harvard College Senior,’ according to the report.”
The task force’s Outreach and Communications subcommittee recommended what the college administrators should do next: “Either don't allow simultaneous membership in Final Clubs and College enrollment; or allow Clubs to transition to all-gender inclusion with equal gender membership and leadership.”
But apparently Cambridge is still stuck in the good ol’ days of rampant misogyny—particularly the Porcelain Club, which came forward with a ridiculous response to the equality efforts written about in The Harvard Crimson’s article.
"Given our policies, we are mystified as to why the current administration feels that forcing our club to accept female members would reduce the incidence of sexual assault on campus,” [graduate board president Charles M.] Storey wrote. “Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct."
To add insult to injury, Storey adds that punishing final clubs for contributing to the sexual assault rate on campus is just plain unfair.
“I sincerely hope that the administration will not set the precedent of creating a ‘blacklist’ of organizations that students cannot join,” Storey wrote. “Such McCarthyism is a dangerous road that would be a blow to academic freedom, the spirit of tolerance, and the long tradition of free association on campus.”
Moral of the story (according to Storey): if you are a female and don’t want to get raped, just don’t participate in club activities, don’t have a social life, and whatever you do, don’t hang out with frat boys! They’re apparently evil and can’t stop sexually assaulting women.
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