What is called the problem of "sexual assault" on campus is in large part a problem of reckless alcohol consumption, by men and women alike. (Based on our reporting, the same is true in the military, at least in the enlisted and company-grade officer ranks.)Except for the part where one of the drunk drivers rapes the other. But hey, let's extend this logic to crimes besides rape. Yeah, that guy is dead, but we were both drunk at the time, so ... not guilty! Actually, scratch that. There wasn't even a crime.
Which points to a limitation of the drunk-driving analogy. If two drunk drivers are in a collision, one doesn't determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver's sex. But when two drunken college students "collide," the male one is almost always presumed to be at fault. His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him.
However much alcohol has been consumed before a rape and whoever has consumed it, the one thing all rapes have in common is a rapist. And the New York Times article that Taranto wildly distorts points out that "Research by Mr. Lisak indicates that about 3 percent of college men account for 90 to 95 percent of rapes." We are talking about predators, even if the predator is in the guise of a nice college boy who just made a mistake (the time he was caught).
Taranto's column is a "best of the web today" with multiple items, allowing him to add the perfect capper to his rape denialism: that item is followed up by a few paragraphs of climate change denial.