Since our friends at the Daily Illini have fallen prey to the journalistic trap of overplaying the storyline of left vs. right instead of seeking the objective truth by running a letter from the College Republicans president instead of my letter, I have decided to post my comments here.
Sexual abuse and rape are not funny. Apparently the officers of the College Democrats feel differently. In fact, rather than taking a stand against the disproportional incidence of violence against women on college campuses, they have chosen to advertise a bar crawl with t-shirts that read, "Donkey Punching Our Way to Victory." A man performs a donkey punch by striking his partner in the back of the head while penetrating his partner from behind. His goal is to startle his partner which will cause anal or vaginal contractions, thus improving the assailant's sexual experience. The sexually explicit term is not only considered sexual abuse when performed, in some instances it can be considered rape. Designed to humiliate women with violence, this misogynistic glorification of sexual subordination should offend not only women but all people. That members of a party committed to women's rights and gender equity would make a joke out of this immoral and criminal behavior is reprehensible. The daily battles young democrats wage against social conservatism cannot be won when campus liberal leaders confuse humor with sexual crime.
Amanda Palazzo, Democrat
Illinois Student Senate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign