The world of academia and lawmaking have certainly come up with some rather unique ways for women to with the crime of rape, ranging from vomiting on the attacker to telling the rapist it’s that particular time of the month. However, a small college in upstate New Jersey is advising women in the Freshman class to practice “articulating” particular faces, as reported by the collegiate-oriented Campus Reform news portal on Nov. 17, 2014.
Ramapo College has mandated every member of the incoming class attend an hour-long presentation as part of AlcoholEdu, officially entitled “Haven—Understanding Sexual Assault” that Coordinator of Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention Cory Rosenkranz warns the young ladies to “watch their body language and that women should practice how they articulate their face [in a social setting] by practicing in the mirror” according to Ramapo returning peer facilitator Brandon Molina. The implication that women “make faces” in social settings to fend off a possible rape in the making has caused quite a stir on the Twitter micro-blogging site.
Using the hashtag #MyAntiRapeFace, numerous Tweeters world-wide have reacted to the Ramapo solution that ranges from mild amusement to outrage from two very differing camps. Women’s rights advocates have slammed the face making strategy as the “world’s worst anti-rape advice” as well as “victim-blaming seminar.” Agreeing, but for different reasons, Second Amendment supporters have ridiculed the measure. As one Tweeter summed up the overall feeling of the pro-gun crowd that a gaping gunshot wound is the ultimate anti-rape measure, “If a .38 is enough gun for Dana [Loesch], it’s enough gun for me. Especially with hollow-points.”
Not the first time campus experts have made public a game plan that’s drawn criticism, KDVRof Denver, Colo., reported on Feb. 19, 2013 that the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) had posted a student advisory informing female students that if faced with rape, certain “preventative tips,” such as vomiting on your would-be attacker, urinating on your rapist and/or verbally notify the attacker that you are either a carrier of disease or happen to be menstruating at the moment all qualify as “crime prevention tactics” that may be employed at the moment of the assault.
The UCCS advisory was in response to the Colorado State Assembly House passing a 2013 bill banning all weapons on all college campuses — even for those citizens with legal concealed carry permits. The National Review reported at the time that Colorado State Senator Jessie Ulibarri (D) urged women that vice a legal handgun, the ladies should instead resort to using “ballpoint pens” to stab at assailants.