On Sunday, during a conversation about Americans’ loss of confidence in government following the break-in at the White House and the spread of Ebola, Fox News contributor George Will bemoaned the Obama administration’s efforts to curtail sexual abuse on college campuses.
Arguing that “government is not competent,” Will complained that it has “a monopoly” and “monopolies are not disciplined by market forces.” “You asked, can we trust the government to do its job? What isn’t its job nowadays?” Will asked on Fox News Sunday.
“It’s fine-tuning the curriculum of our students K through 12. It’s monitoring sex on campuses. It’s deciding how much ethanol we should put in our gas tanks. It has designed our light bulbs and is worried sick over the name of the Washington football team.” He added, “this is a government that doesn’t know when to stop.”
Will’s attempt to dismiss the serious crisis of sexual abuse as “monitoring sex” comes after he sparked controversy in June for writing a column in the Washington Post claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assault on college campus were overblown and suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.” One newspaper dropped Will’s syndicated column, but he has stood by his remarks, saying he wouldn’t take back a single word.
Data from the Department of Justice finds that one in five college women are the victim of sexual assault. In September, the White House launched a new sexual assault prevention campaign, called “It’s On Us,” that focuses on teaching students, particularly young men, how to practice effective bystander intervention. The administration took up the effort after the issue gained prominence as student activists filed dozens of federal complaints against their universities for allegedly failing to protect victims.