It was bound to happen. My marketing finally went too far. I was outrageous even by my standards. I was caught sending a horrific letter taunting rape victims. I wanted to warn women about the dangers of alcohol. I am deeply sorry for sending this:
I would like to congratulate you on your acceptance into Harvard. We know you will make lifelong friends and memories here on campus.
We’re sorry that one of your memories will include being raped by someone you thought you could trust. You’ll fear him the night he presses you up against a wall and every day after that. The claims you will make against your rapist will be ignored, much like your right to feel safe at school.
You can’t expect us to expel someone on the basis of a story that begins with ‘I had been drinking.’
Alcohol has a way of making you stretch the truth, and we don’t respond to liars.
Of course I would never send that letter, as I’m not a sociopath.
But that letter was sent to young girls.
Who sent it?
Ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners teamed up with Prettybird, a production company whose credits include Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, for the campaign, which includes the print ad, a website, a series of videos…. GS&P creative director Margaret Johnson said the ads are directed at incoming first-year students before they even set foot on campus because the first six weeks of college are when they’re most likely to experience a sexual assault.
Imagine if your daughter has been raped, and she received that letter. How would she feel?
And of course the letter is a lie.
If 1-in-5 women were raped in college, Harvard would be as dangerous as the Congo and more dangerous than prison.
On a common sense level, everyone knows 1-in-5 women aren’t raped in college. If you believed those numbers to be true, you wouldn’t send your children to college just as you wouldn’t let your daughter visit Somalia or Rwanda.
But your sons are at risk for a false rape accusation. The college rape culture hysteria is getting louder, and not a single man will stand up against it.
Not a single member of a Republican-controlled Congress spoke out in favor of due process during a hearing discussing the college campus rape “crisis.” Not Senator Marco Rubio. Not Senator Rand Paul. Not Senator Ted Cruz.
College men are about to see their rights curtailed.
If you have a son who is about to attend college, learn the issues.
- Read: Dear Dads
If you’re a man in college or even a sexually-active man, save texts messages from women. The world is losing its damned mind.
As I’m fond of saying, “I don’t make these people up.”
I don't need to lie or make up hoaxes. What the new left does it unbelievable enough on its own.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 13, 2016
That letter you read is from a major international ad agency and is not the product of some random internet trolls.
Don’t be paranoid. Do be smart.
Being paranoid vs insecure are not the same at all.
Paranoid is a great quality.
Unsuccessful people can't see the difference.
— Wall Street Playboys (@WallStPlayboys) April 17, 2016
And of course educate yourself by reading Danger & Play: Essays on Masculinity.