The article, written by opinion editor John Petroski, details several "benefits" that rape has made to civilization over the years. The article describes rape as a "magical experience" that has been a blessing to "ugly women."The article was supposed to be a satire. It failed as an effective example of that genre. More than that:
"If it weren't for rape, how would they ever know the joy of intercourse with a man who isn't drunk?" the article asks.
Sarah [a student who was raped at age 15] said she and other students who have been raped have discussed the article since it was published.
"It's just unbelievably hurtful because it again gives people the idea that rape victims are somehow asking for it," she said. "Whatever they meant to say with the article, they failed badly. They only ended up making themselves look bad and the entire university look bad."
Some parents of university students said they were concerned that the article would make female students more vulnerable to being attacked.[Hat-tip to DONAL]