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I'm at a loss to understand why Yoffe's article is so offensive. She repeatedly and bluntly states that rapists are to blame for rape. She is not blaming the victim. She's advising potential victims to reduce their vulnerability to attack.

I have a right to walk alone, unarmed through a crime-ridden neighborhood in the middle of the night without being robbed. But that doesn't mean that it's a good idea.

A woman has a right to get very drunk the presence of possibly predatory men without being raped. But that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

It would be nice to create a culture where rape is regarded as the truly despicable act that it is. But an individual is not capable of enacting such change. An individual can, however, reduce his/her likelihood of being attacked. It's a matter of locus of control: focus on the things that you can change rather than what you cannot change.

Ms. Hess is correct that rape is a societal problem. But you, the individual, can't change society. You can, however, take steps to reduce the likelihood that you will be attacked by one of these monsters at loose in the world.
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It's okay to get a doctorate in the humanities. Just be aware of the financial consequences of doing so.

It may seem fun, but it may cease to be fun when you're trying to support a family after that decision--or even just yourself.
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I remember in an English lit class, we once all decided to just convene class outside. The professor was thankfully cooperative.

I don't think that I could manage it with my own teaching style. I need the projection screen and the classroom arrangement too much to part with them. Besides--late students wouldn't be able to find the class.
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