August 21 2013
Dr. Phil's Mis-tweet
Dr. Phil is in need of some tough love.
So here goes: Dr. Phil, it is really dumb to send out a tweet asking if it is okay to have sex with a girl if she’s drunk.
So here's Dr. Phil’s now-infamous tweet:
If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply @ drphil
The tweet was quickly deleted when it evoked evoked outrage.
Still, I can’t help quoting some of the responses Dr. Phil received:
Aren’t you married?
Are you “asking for a friend”?
Is it okay if you blame a tweet on some intern you just fired?
Joking aside, I shall answer Dr. Phil’s question: No, it is not all right to have sex with a girl who is intoxicated. Nor is it okay for girls to get so intoxicated that they do things they might otherwise not do.
I imagine that Dr. Phil’s question, ill-considered as it was, was pegged to recent changes in how sexual activity on campus is handled. A girl who has had a few glasses of wine can consent to sex, wake up the next morning and decide that it was all a big mistake and then claim she was raped. Under current law, that charge is likely to fly.