Wisconsin rape-culture denier defiant in face of criticism, says he saved woman from assault

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David Hookstead, the UW-Madison student who penned the controversial "'Rape culture' does not exist" letter to the editor we covered earlier today, has been responding to his critics on Twitter throughout the week.

Suffice it to say that despite the weakness of the argument he tries to advance (see the above link for our critique), Hookstead isn't interested in backtracking. He also apparently believes he's in a uniquely privileged position to opine about rape and rape culture since he (according to him) once actually saved a woman from being sexually assaulted and put himself at risk of great bodily harm while doing so.

In a series of tweets published Monday, Hookstead explains how he once came to a woman's rescue: With that out of the way, Hookstead turned to defending his letter to the editor from critics, some of whom have called for him to be expelled from UW-Madison.

Click to page two to read some of that back and forth.

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Copeland
Copeland

He does raise one point I think should be discussed. False allegations. I'm not sure how common they are, but I think they are a part of rape culture. Not only do we want a society where there is no rape but we also want a society where false allegations do not happen.

Copeland
Copeland

what do you suspect in a society where no one takes rape seriously? president clinton was accused of rape back in 1999 by Juanita Broaddrick. Was this taken seriously? If you're powerful enough in America, you can do what ever you want. That's the take away.

marevitals
marevitals

My advice to Mr. Hookstead? Get in your car, drive immediately to the nearest store with a appliance department, purchase a blender, drive home and proceed to blender his member.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

I see part of his point. When you have songs like "blurred lines" which is about cheating, and groups take two words out of a verse and call it a "rapey" song but when you have people like Rick Ross rapping about drugging girls and them not knowing about it, you hear nothing. What is exactly "rape culture"? It seems as if a man glorifies a woman's beauty in a sexual way that's viewed as "rapey" now.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

His article is completely wrong, and "rape culture" definitely does exist... however, the reaction to it shows why we can't have an actual debate about anything. The people that disagree aren't concerned with changing his opinion and showing him how he's wrong, they're concerned with getting revenge against a person that had the audacity to have a different opinion. It's the exact reason I no longer vote or engage in any political conversation. It's not that I don't care, I'm just sick of our socio-political "revenge culture."

Ann Turner
Ann Turner

Future (if not already) Republican. Stupid kid. "Almost died"? Give us a break.

haha
haha

If there is no such thing as a rape culture how do you explain the rape convention me and my rape team teammates are going to this weekend? 

Erica
Erica

What an arrogant douchebag. I think someone needs to go talk to survivors of rape at his local rape crisis centers. Just because he allegedly saved someone from rape doesn't exactly makes him  an expert on the issue.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

David Hookstead also has a hot girlfriend in Canada.  So how can he be sexist you keyboard cowards?   

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

Thank goodness he's here to protect me. ((not really))

Copeland
Copeland

@marevitals The whole point here is that violence ISN'T the answer. Calls to harm him for saying are wrong. As the article points out, he misses the obvious point: culture of violence is thought to be a cause of violence. People's opinions can be changed when facts are presented. Why not present him with facts? Why do you call for violence as the solution?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

If you are kidding, that's pretty funny. If you're not, that's incredibly stupid.

j.reiter
j.reiter

But you are an expert because _________? (fill in the blank)

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