Ourobouros

Annie Teriba issues apology after admitting she had failed to get full consent before having sex with someone at this year’s NUS black students’ conference

Source: Oxford student activist resigns from posts over non-consensual sex | Education | The Guardian

I knew we shouldn’t have followed the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, and this item is exhibit A.

To make a long story short, a black lesbian activist at Oxford has been rung up after “having sex” with someone who later informed her that “the sex was not consensual.”

Now where to start on this? It wasn’t apparent at the time that the “sex” was non-consensual? She had to be informed after the fact, because she didn’t know at the time? How much time elapsed by then? Why didn’t her … um …little friend … bring this up at the operative time?

The amusing part is her groveling mea culpa (strictly, meae culpae, as she owns up to several transgressions), which begins:

At this year’s NUS black students’ conference, I had sex with someone. The other party later informed me that the sex was not consensual. I failed to properly establish consent before every act. I apologise sincerely and profoundly for my actions. I should have taken sufficient steps to ensure that everything I did was consensual. I should have been more attentive to the person’s body language. In failing to clarify that the person consented to our entire encounter, I have caused serious irreparable harm.

(Body language? How about spoken language? Was she gonging on a deaf mute?)

She denounces herself for this and another instance of counter-revolutionary deviationism  misdemeanor boorishness, and announces that she will be reporting for political re-education post haste.

But not so fast, Annie.

… the Women’s Campaign, an autonomous political group within Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), said Teriba’s admission was “rife with apologism”.

(I have no idea what “apologism” is, but presume it’s not good, and will probably add to Annie’s time in the re-education camp.)

The “Women’s Campaign,” evidently loath to pass up an opportunity for proselytizing, then gravely intones:

“Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, especially at universities. Holding those responsible for sexual violence accountable means acknowledging the terrifying fact that violence against women is deeply ingrained in and normalised in our culture: education about the issues, campaigning for the rights of those affected, and continued vigilance about the behaviour we do not condone in our organisation is the only way forward.”

Now Annie knows how Trotsky must have felt when his comrades similarly turned on him.

Lucy Delaney, OUSU’s vice-president for women, said: “In a society which silences survivors and which tolerates rape apologism it is essential that liberation spaces do not harbour or protect abusers, otherwise they are no better than the institutions which perpetuate oppression.”

We’re down with the struggle against apologism! Once we figure out what it is, of course.

But what is the world coming to when even being a black lesbian activist and racial equality officer (whatever that is) who edits a “zine for queer and trans voices” provides no refuge from leftist vitriol? Get a move on, Annie, your tumbril is double-parked.

Ourobouros, indeed. On encountering incidents such as this, it’s hard not to believe we’re at least approaching Peak Leftism.

9 comments on “Ourobouros
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  2. Well of course apologism is bad, because it is something that you can apparently be “rife with”.

    Like head lice, or chiggers, perhaps.

  3. Whatever happened to, “Stop it. I don’t like that. No, really, stop. Stop. I said, STOP! GET YOUR EFFING HANDS OFF ME!” I think that might have gotten the idea across that what was happening was nonconsensual. Why has this suddenly become so difficult?

    • Booze.
      Honestly that’s what’s fueling the bulk of this. Idiot teens and young adults go to parties, get stupid faced drunk, do things they regret and..well this.

    • Well yes.
      But some weird intersection of crap is happening right now.
      In the past you got drunk, you did stupid stuff and your took responsibility.
      Now people are told that it’s some sort of right to get 3 sheets to the wind and not be responsible for any of your actions.
      That you shouldn’t protect yourself against evil (which never slumbers.)
      And on top of that I think the nihilistic nature of the sexual revolution and “free love” movement is setting in. Unmoored from any meaning people are finding little more than sadness and regret in their encounters.
      And that barely scratches the surface.

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