But what do I know? I'm not a college president, unlike Lincoln University's Robert Jennings, who decided that an all-women's convocation would be a great time to tell the audience (who, as the name suggests, were all women) about the importance of not trusting men, but also not filing rape reports because of unsatisfying sexual experiences (one hopes he wasn't intentionally lumping "had sex with someone who turned out to be an asshole" with "got raped"). Jennings's biography on the Lincoln University website, for what it's worth, mentions that he once served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts, but that's neither here nor there.

But I'm being unfair; it's not like the president of the university stood in front of a roomful of female students and told them that men treat them the way they allow themselves to be treated, or that men will, if given the chance, take advantage of them at every opportunity, or that they need to think carefully about reporting an alleged sexual assault because of how it might reflect badly on the male student...

[We] had on this campus last semester three cases of young women, who after having done whatever they did with the young men, and then it didn't turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did? They then went to Public Safety and said, "He raped me." So then we have to do an investigation. We have to start pulling back the layers and asking all kinds of questions. And when we start trying to collect the data and ask the questions — and why do we do that? Because we know that possibly somebody's life is getting ready to change for the rest of their life. Because there's no more serious accusation.

I don't care how close they are to finishing the degree, their whole life changes overnight. Because they're going to get a record. And that record is then going to follow them the rest of their life. They're going to be expelled from the university. It's going to be very difficult for them to get into anybody else's university, because they have to explain at the receiving institution, why they were expelled from the institution they were expelled from.

Well, there it is. For his part, Jennings says that his comments (which you can see on a YouTube video embedded in the Salon story) were taken out of context, although he doesn't explain what context would explain things like (as quoted in a Philadelphia Enquirer story about the speech):


Don't put yourself in a situation that would cause you to be trying to explain something that really needs no explanation had you not put yourself in that situation.


"Men treat you, treat women, the way women allow us to treat them. . . . We will use you up if you allow us to use you up," he told students. Then men will "marry the girl with the long dress on."


But, then again, not a college president, so I'm sure there was a perfectly logical explanation.