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Op-ed: Harvard student publicly confesses to discussing attractiveness of women

‘The desire to be included made the risk of speaking up too great’

A Harvard student recently made a bold public declaration, admitting that, while at a bar with friends one time, he talked about the attractiveness of the women in his class.

Daniel Hanrahan, a master’s student in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, wrote in The Harvard Crimson this week that “the Harvard community is responsible for sexual assault.” Hanrahan notes that, while the men who sexually assault women are ultimately the ones responsible for their crimes, we should also not ignore “the behavior of people not directly involved in sexual assaults.” It is up to bystanders, Hanrahan writes, to help put an end to sexual assault culture.

“Had their enablers taken the harder, riskier option and spoken up,” Hanrahan writes, “[Harvey] Weinstein and [Roy] Moore might have been stopped. Had more people in the Harvard community spoken up to combat sexist comments and behaviors, the strength of rape culture on campus would have weakened and assaults might have been prevented.”

“We are all responsible for preventing sexual assaults on campus and in the wider community,” Hanarahan says. “To help us do so, the Harvard administration should survey and report on sexual assault annually, like they did in 2015.”

Yet Hanrahan does not let himself off easily. “As a male student at the Harvard Kennedy School,” he writes, “I have readily joined the chorus condemning Weinstein and Moore’s disgusting abuse of power. But concentrating criticism on these (rightly) vilified perpetrators reveals a problem with our approach to sexual assault. We are only focusing on some of the people who are responsible for sexual assault. We are ignoring, for example, people like me.”

Hanrahan recounts a harrowing tale from early last school year:

During Orientation Week in August of 2016, I was out late drinking in Harvard Square with two classmates. The topic switched to the women in our class. Over the drunken hum of the bar’s collective conversation, one guy proposed the “hottest” girls in our class. The other did the same. They both then asked me to rank the girls in our cohort in the order I wanted to get with. My alarmed heart bolted blood to my cheeks. I crossed my arms, unable to speak. “Are we making you uncomfortable?” one asked me. I cannot remember my exact response. But it was not: “Yes. Objectifying women, even though it seems harmless to you, demeans them and creates an environment that makes sexual assault more likely.” Instead, I uncrossed my arms, I shook my head, and yes, I discussed which girls were hot.

Hanrahan is up-front about his moral failure to say something to his friends that night: “At the time, it was easy for me to discard my act of cowardice as inconsequential. The desire to be included made the risk of speaking up too great. During many similar ‘inconsequential’ comments at the pub and locker rooms throughout my life, I know I’ve taken the easy way out.”

“My silence lies on a continuum of complicity,” Hanrahan writes, “complicity that allows sexual assault to occur.”

Read Hanrahan’s op-ed here.

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  • flowerplough

    The Man’s Prayer, from the Red Green Show: “I’m a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess.”

  • Wes Buckman

    “They both then asked me to rank the girls in our cohort in the order I wanted to get with. My alarmed heart bolted blood to my cheeks. I crossed my arms, unable to speak. “Are we making you uncomfortable?” one asked me. I cannot remember my exact response. But it was not: “Yes. Objectifying women, even though it seems harmless to you, demeans them and creates an environment that makes sexual assault more likely.””

    Are you freakin’ kidding me? This guy is a grade A pu$$y!

  • Decoragenus

    Following Mr. Hanrahan’s logic, those who discuss the relative merits of cars are also complicit in the acts of car theft and car-jacking. Protecting women is a noble trait and one that all men should espouse, but self-emasculation is not going to benefit anyone.

  • Dr. SecessionNow

    “…a master’s student in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government,”

    He intends to work in our government. Probably wants to be a Senator.
    Lord help us.

  • felixinmontana

    Discussing which people embody the most physical traits you find sexually appealing is not objectifying it’s humanizing. Unless you are stating you’d like to ‘get with them’ while they are unconscious or just stating you just want certain parts of them willing or not. The assumption is that you would like a mutual relationship, whether it is for a night or a lifetime.

  • maxsnafu

    One can only hope this guy never fathers children and thus perpetuates his dysgenic tendencies.

    • Bastiat

      Me too! And judging by his statement, we have nothing to worry about.

  • ys1

    Wow – how could he ever hold his head up in public ever again. Surely he must put himself on the sexual offenders list. This is scary stuff.

  • ys1

    It is a good time to study psychology. I suspect we are about to enter a future where this would be the occupation with the greatest demand.

  • ys1

    He refuses to acknowledge that his offence is far deeper. In his head he already thought or felt that different class member of the other sex were differently attractively able-ed . This is classical objectification and is a thought crime. He obviously can not control is urges and must be put on sexual inhibitor drugs right away for fear of offending.

  • Ralph Kern

    The pussification of the American male is nearly complete.
    Can Western Civilization survive a complete lack of testosterone.?

    • Connie Garcia

      Right! I’m a 53 year old college educated, professional woman and even I think he’s a pussy.

      • Ralph Kern

        I figured a long time ago that the purpose of progressivism (other than a totalitarian government) is androgyny. Butch up the girls, pussify the boys in the Leftist gender blender.

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  • SDN

    Aka “Revolutionary Self Criticism”. Straight out of Mao.

  • Jim Sweet

    Speaking to his friends about there moral failures is OK, if you want to be a monk.

  • 270

    Not joking. Is this the Onion?

  • bggatbdl

    What a pathetic loser.

  • viktor

    I’m thinking this has got to be a parody. Onion-esque.

    Poe’s law striking more and more these days XD

    • viktor

      Oh my, i think it’s actually real.

  • Charles B

    Daniel’s real moral failure is thinking normal male behavior is evil and somehow causes or contributes to the assaults by disordered freaks.

  • Stephen J.

    “My alarmed heart bolted blood to my cheeks”? Judas Priest. Not only is this one of the worst bits of prose I’ve read in years, but all it would have taken was a mildly amused, “They’d probably like it if we took their brains into account too, so that said ….” That’s the reaction of a man more afraid of being accused of breaking the letter of the rules than a man comfortable he understands and accepts the spirit behind them. (I’ve been one such man myself, which is why I recognize the reflex.)

  • Oso Negro

    What a toad.

  • Priss Factor

    What sheer hokum.

    This is really a boast by Hanrahan about how virtuous he is. The WORST sin he committed by his own confession was that he spoke about women’s look.

    It’s like a guy confessing that the worst sin he ever committed was having played poker for pennies with friends. Oh what vice.

    In other words, he’s a well-behaved dork and mama’s boy who never did anything untoward womenfolk except talk about their looks.

    It’s like someone confessing that his biggest sin of thievery was wishing he had what someone else owned. In other words, he never stole and only coveted what another had. This ‘confession’ is more about pride than guilt because it says he never actually stole anything.

    Also, notice how Hanrahan makes himself morally superior to the OTHER guys. Other guys were having fun talking about womenfolk, but Hanrahan, why, he was troubled by talking about such stuff. He felt soul-tremors.

    What a goody-two-shoes neo-Victorian.

    His conscience was oh-so-disturbed… like the moment Peter felt bad about having denied Jesus three times.

    Now, if Hanrahan is serious, he would address the fact that the main booster of bad male behavior and women-as-objects is black rap culture where guys talk of women as skanky biatches and where women undulate and present themselves as slutty ho’s whose path of empowerment is to act like hookers-gone-wild.

    But gee, any criticism of blacks must be raciiiiiist since blacks, along with Jews and homosexuals, must be flattered at all times.

    (Also, keep in mind that Jews control porn that features white women as sex-meat come-buckets for men. Jews have boasted that they spread porn to undermine social morality. Portnoy gone pornographic.)

    If honest, Hanrahan would also note that there is actually very few cases of rape in most colleges and that a high percentage actually involve black athletes there on athletic scholarship. but that too would be raciiiiiiiist since it speaks negatively of blacks who must be worshiped.

    Finally, if Hanrahan is one of those proggy types, what is he doing at ultra-exclusive Harvard that rigs the system to always maintain Jewish enrollment at 25% while suppressing white gentiles and Asians?

    Universities like Harvard pontificate about ‘inclusion’ to mask the fact that they are exclusive mills for producing elites who get to enjoy special privileges in everything. Harvard types end up working for Wall Street to fleece the world, working for Deep State to perpetuate US globo-hegemony, and working in elite institutions to spread censorious PC and subvert freedom of speech and criticism.

  • Gunnar Thalweg

    What a pussy.

  • mikdaley

    Hopefully your son will be doing something valuable for a living, this douche wants to join the govt.

  • Sirius The Great

    What a pathetic putz. The Chinese and the Russians must be shaking their heads and thinking “Could it really be that easy?”

  • kcst

    I think Mr. H is trying to get laid and someone out there will fall for it.

  • Merrill Stubing

    Back in my day we had a word for guys like this. It started with P and ended with USSY.

    • Pakvi Roti

      We still have it.

  • STAN24

    Of course, when the girls in the class were discussing the hottest guys in the class (probably this Hanrahan loser didn’t make the cut) across town that night, that wasn’t objectifying/demeaning men, it was just women exploring their sexuality, or something. Because gender equality means treating the genders differently.

    • GABroncoFan

      I think they should fess up!!!! Lets see what they are made of.

  • fishydude

    Hahvahd yahd seems to cause low testosterone in ma.
    And he will be be crucified on campus.

  • ursafan40

    Women talk about attractive men. It has been my experience they do so with great zeal and judgement. When working with large groups of women, it is never long before I know exactly what they think of their partner in bed, and who else they would rather share that bed with with.
    We are messing with a force of nature. Good luck.

  • ursafan40

    He will be attacked from every direction, just for being who he is. Especially if he is good at what he does

  • Steve Gregg

    The inability to discriminate between admiring a woman and raping her speaks poorly for the intellect of Harvard students. The crazed notion that Harvard hosts a rape culture where a third of the women are sexually assaulted speaks even more poorly. In the most violent-crime ridden neighborhoods of Detroit, as many as 2% of the people are assaulted violently. This Harvard boob claims that Harvard is over fifteen times more violent than Detroit’s worse, with more than 30% of the women assaulted. If that were true, no woman would dare trod Harvard’s mean streets.

  • Del_Varner

    Public self-criticism. Does he now wear badges of shame?

  • John Clancy

    Lol what a faggot

  • DavidL

    This is satire, right?

  • John Williams

    What a bunch of far left, PC, virtue signaling pablum. I hate these crass manipulators who flog themselves publicly in fake contrition for contrived offenses strictly for the burnishing of their bona fides as Social Justice Warriors…pathetic.

    • Pakvi Roti

      Well…it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. If it ever gets better.

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  • Joball69

    This isn’t a joke?

  • gunsmithkat

    You guys are going to put the Onion out of business.

  • GrimmCreeper

    Good god, grow a pair.

  • blank reg

    Hey Hanrahan! Hanrahan! Hanrahan – Suzanne sucks pussy! Hey Hanrahan she’s a dyke! I know, I know! She’s a lesbian, a lesbian, a lesbian!

  • David

    Your confession will not save you, Comrade Hanrahan. You have committed thoughtcrime and room 101 awaits you.

  • Fred

    After having said that he needs to take him self out to the wood shed and beat him self serverly. Wimp.

  • cc

    Oh FFS.

  • gwDisqus1712

    I’m really appalled. It’s this what American has come to? Dude, you did nothing wrong.

  • Pakvi Roti

    What a simpering wimp. He needs to turn in his man card, he’s already lost his man-tackle.

  • StanUlam

    Rape, plain and simple.

  • VanillaISIS

    OK, let me get this straight:
    Talking to women is sexual assault. Talking about women is sexual assault. Looking at women is sexual harassment.
    Can one of these prudes explain to me how am I supposed to get to know a woman and possibly form a relationship with her under these rules?

  • Russell Rea

    Oddly I find myself agreeing with most of the comments here. He really did wimp out by giving in to peer pressure.