'New York Post' Columnist Can't Figure Out Why We All Think Bill Cosby Is A Rapist

Bill Cosby is an alleged rapist. Bill Cosby may also be a sex addict and  he is definitely a lousy husband, but he is also an alleged rapist. No matter how many pudding pops and Coogi sweaters you wrap it up in, no matter how many dad dance moves and "Hey Hey Hey"s and Bob Hope Humanitarian awards, Bill Cosby is an alleged rapist. Ghost Dad is a rapist. Why can't the New York Post's Andrea Peyser figure this out? 

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I understand journalism, especially Internet journalism. If many people hold a popular opinion (i.e., Bill Cosby Is a Rapist), to write a counter-opinion piece (i.e. Is Bill Cosby Really a Rapist?) is bound to get you page clicks. Good for you; you'll meet your weekly quota. But when you are writing about such a serious topic, such as rape, which is fraught with some pretty serious and staggering statistics -- like every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted, and 68% of sexual assaults are never reported to police -- to pen a victim-blamey and naval-gazing op-ed like Ms. Peyser did is not only ill-informed, it's dangerous. 

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We aren't talking about one person who made some slight allegations against one of America's most beloved cultural icons -- we are talking about over 40 women who have come forward with allegations of drug-facilitated sexual assault. And as even our own president said during a press conference on Wednesday: 

If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.’

Rape is rape is rape is rape. Any time you have sex with someone without their consent, it's rape. Giving a person drugs and then waiting until the drugs take effect and having sex with them when they are unable to give consent is rape. But Peyser didn't get this memo. She writes:

But I’m starting to think that Cosby’s “crimes’’ were not rapes, but high-pressure seductions.

This may be female heresy.

Still, I wonder if some, if not most (or maybe all?) of the dozens of women who claim Cosby attempted or completed sexual assaults against them, dating back as far as the 1960s, swallowed drugs willingly before the encounters.

It may not matter. Most of Cosby’s illicit activities would be considered sex crimes, according to today’s feminist-written definition of rape. Off with his head, and other body parts!

 A high-pressure seduction is just a fancy way of saying rape.

It doesn't matter how many drugs a person swallows, if they have sex without consent it's rape. I don't care how many pills you gobble up like Tic Tacs, if you are unable to give consent, it's rape.

Maybe Peyser is just trolling us, and wants to see a mess of counter-posts from Angry Feminists™ disputing her little claims that The Cos is just a garden variety lecher. He may very well be, but if we chose to believe these 40-plus women who have come forward, which I do, he is also a rapist. 

 

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