File this under “What Were They Thinking?”
An ad meant to warn young adults about the links between heavy drinking and rape has been pulled by Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board…..Critics said it was another example of suggesting victims are to blame for rape. — yahoo.com
Look, I sympathize. As one who devoted significant efforts doing my damndest to get my dates too drunk to resist my equally drunken attempts at clumsy seduction, I fully understand the value of alcohol.
Hell, who doesn’t? Shiites? Mormons? Kids who take vows of endless lonely masturbation chastity?
Had I thought it through, which I certainly did not, I would have drawn the line at consciousness. But the issue is moot: I usually bonked out ‘way before my intended partner. This says something not only my own fragile capacity, but the kind of women I was attracted to. That would have been me with the bare thighs and exposed crotch sprawled in the toilet stall and no, it wouldn’t have been nearly as pleasing a photo.
Which is the other problem with this ad. That photo is a turn-on. Idiots.
I’m happy to say that my capacity has improved along with my judgment and taste in women. And with these personal improvements comes enough fucking sense to see that the PA Liquor Control Board hasn’t progressed nearly as far. Who’s running the show up there — Jerry Sandusky?
The nagging/finger wagging approach suggested by this ad has nothing to do with rape, which is what we’re talking about when somebody’s sexuality is violated, whether it’s under the influence of alcohol, drugs, violence, or threat. Don’t give us “She was too drunk to say No.” Being too drunk is Saying No.
It isn’t easy to convey the importance of personal responsibility, clearly well beyond the dimwitted ham-handed clods in government bureaucracies like PA’s grossly outdated Liquor Control Board. They shouldn’t even try, but then, the state shouldn’t be in the liquor business. Pennsylvania still has “state stores,” a monopoly on hard liquor sales. It’s mind bogglingly difficult to buy beer in that bass-ackwards commonwealth, let alone Wild Turkey. Buying liquor there is as grueling and unpleasant an experience as dealing with the cretinous drooling drones at the Department of Motor Vehicles. They have a legal monopoly on liquor sales and they actually lose money every year. This is another reason why people hate their government.
Who won’t drink to that?