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Ezra Klein: Men Need 'Spike of Fear' with Sex to Prevent Rape

Ezra Klein: Men Need 'Spike of Fear' with Sex to Prevent Rape

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In support of California’s new “Yes Means Yes” campus sex law, Vox.com blogger Ezra Klein announced that in his opinion men need a “spike of fear” in their sexual relationships in order to keep them all from turning into rapists on campus.

Saying the law is “terrible, but necessary,” Klein pointed out some of the law’s flaws but ultimately decided that “everyday sexual practices on college campuses need to be upended” and this new “terrible” law is just what is needed.

Klein insisted that the law will surely put an end to the problem of sexual assaults on campus because “men need to feel a cold spike of fear when they begin a sexual encounter.”

Klein also says that the law will “change a culture of sexual entitlement,” a culture that gives male college students the illusion that they should be allowed to have sex whenever they demand it.

College women, Klein says, are in danger because this “culture of sexual entitlement” is one “built on fear; fear that the word ‘no’ will lead to violence, or that the complaint you bring to the authorities will be ignored, or that the hearing will become a venue for your humiliation, as the man who assaulted you details all the ways you were asking for it.”

Klein goes on to insist that even though this law is sure to jam colleges with false claims of rape and many men and women may end up being falsely accused and falsely punished, those unfair outcomes are “necessary for the law’s success.”

In conclusion, Klein admits that the new sex law “creates an equilibrium where too much counts as sexual assault,” but all this “over reach,” all these coming false convictions are necessary. It is necessary, he says, because “ugly problems don’t always have pretty solutions.”

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