Well that's quite a lead balloon you are floating. Conferences
are, among other things, social functions, where, for instance,
friends from different parts of the country may have a rare chance
to get together. Many people like a drink at such social
functions, it is perfectly normal and acceptable. Also, typically
any kind of serious drinking, the Chris Hitchens variety anyway,
is done at get-togethers in the evenings, outside of the convines
of the conference per se anyway, in bars and restaurants, or
simply at the hotel bar. So any alcohol ban at the standard
conference reception, Hors d'oeuvre, and dinner functions is not
going to stop those who want to drink from doing so.
Suggesting that rape is due to women drinking heavily at such
events is not just misguided, it is demeaning to women. Perhaps
your next brilliant suggestion would be to have women at
conferences wear burkas and sleep in guarded segregated dorms? It
is the sexual predators who are the problem, not the victims!
On 08/11/[masked]:47 PM, Mathew Goldstein wrote:
On Aug 11, 2013, at 3:32
PM, Martin <[address removed]>
"And I so no reason to
ban alcohol at conferences. These are grown men and
women who may decide for themselves how much
alcohol, if any, they wish to consume. "
Preventing women from getting themselves drunk and men from
then raping them is not a reason to ban alcohol at
conferences? It does not matter their age, what matters is
that inebriated women not be raped at conferences, and one
way to stop that from happening is to stop serving alcohol.
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