One of the problems about communication over the Left/Right political divide has been that the two sides have often been speaking two different political languages. Slate has a post up about the conservative victims of sexual assault who are responding to the transsexual bathroom controversy in the Left’s own terms, especially emphasizing their right to feel “safe.”
Those contradictions, however, are real. There’s no coherent ideology in which traumatized students have the right to be shielded from material that upsets them—be it Ovid, 9½ Weeks, or the sentiments of Laura Kipnis—but not from undressing in the presence of people with different genitalia. If we’ve decided that people have the right not to feel unsafe—as opposed to the right not to be unsafe—then what’s the standard for refusing that right to conservative sexual abuse victims? Is it simply that we don’t believe them when they describe the way their trauma manifests? Aren’t we supposed to believe victims no matter what?
Read the whole thing.
An additional thought—If the statistics coming out of the SJWs and feminists are correct, the number of survivors of sexual assault is far, far greater than the number of transgendered people.