College Rape – Where the Action Is

Playboy Magazine Sept 1969

In an era of student power, women were still pretty powerless when it came to their bodies. How much has changed?  Playboy Magazine September 1969. Sex on Campus Issue. Playmate Bunny Shay Knuth , a saucy south of the border sweetie, is “one of Mexico City’s comeliest coeds”

“Twenty Minutes of Action” has the sordid sound of a sleazy seventies porn film.

In 2016 that phrase is even more offensive.

That now infamous comment uttered by the father of Brock Turner the former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, has people justly outraged

The story has been a powerful indictment not only of the lighter sentences imposed on white wealthy sex criminals but a haunting depiction of how rape culture exerts its influence on college campuses and in courts of law.

Given a light 6 month sentence , the father in a tone-deaf letter to the judge in defense of his son, pleaded: “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”

Committing sexual assault is not “getting action.

College Capers

For better and for worse getting action and college have long been linked.

In this culture of male entitlement it shouldn’t be surprising that Playboy Magazine once featured guides to sex on colleges which was “where the action was.

 

"Campus Action Chart" Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

“Campus Action Chart” Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

In this 1969 guide for the horny young man, the best prospects for scoring some action was college.

Boola Boola!

Reporting from the front lines of the sexual revolution, Playboys  1969 “Campus Action Chart” rated 25 different schools as it did the year before. Playboy explains “:in descending order of permissiveness- the charts upper reaches being mecca for the scholarly hedonist, it’s lower depths monasteries for the sexually meek.

 

"Campus Action Chart" Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

“Campus Action Chart” Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post. Stanford makes the top 10.

Playboy continues:

“As our campus action chart reveals politics hasn’t usurped the attention of all students. (Not all students were out protesting the war, anti establishment). The survey imaginatively illustrated by Bob Post, Playboys assistant art director, proves that far friendlier extracurricular activities are also on the rise. Many male students, we found, prefer to occupy coed beds rather than administrative buildings but each school imposes its own restrictions on undergraduate freedoms.

"Campus Action Chart" Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

“Campus Action Chart” Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

The 25 schools span a cross-section  of types ( Ivy megaversity, state, small, sexually segregated, etc) and represent every demographic area of the US.

"Campus Action Chart" Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

“Campus Action Chart” Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration by Bob Post

Each schools ratings was derived from a number of variables some tangible ( dorm hours, availability of women on and off campus) and some intangible ( mod of the students atmosphere generated b the faculty etc). What we’ve done is save you the trouble of plowing thru sociological journals to extract pertinent nuggets.

Depending on your personal proclivities and your academic status at the moment, a perusal of the chart will tell you where to go to college or where you should have gone if you had known.

Interspersed with the articles are some good hearty college laffs:

vintage Playboy cartoon Sex college football players

“Don’t any of you leave until you each promise not to tell.” Vintage cartoon Playboy Magazine Sept. 1969 by Buck Brown

Sex in Academe

illustration 1960's sex in colleg

Playboy Magazine September 1969 illustration Bob Post

Revolting

In that era of free love , and student revolting  sex was often not so free and often had a steep price to pay, the haunted memories lasting a lot more than 20 minutes. It was revolting.

1969 fashion ad men and women

Be Prepared. Vintage ad Mr Hicks Casuals from Playboy Sept. 1969

It is only now that young  women can give voice to the rapes and sexual assaults that have been occurring for decades on college campuses.

There was no name for “date rape” but how many women of a certain age are haunted by memories of waking up in a stranger’s room, naked, disoriented, realizing they’d been sexually assaulted. Hungover from a boozy frat party they blame only themselves and the alcohol for the assault that was perpetrated on them. There was no outrage because no one would  listen. In an era filled with protesting, their voices of protest were ignored.

In an era of student power, women were still pretty powerless.

The hallmark of a rape victim.

Copyright (©) 2016 Sally Edelstein All Rights Reserved

 

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3 comments

  1. The “culture” was and has been cultivated from decades of patriarchal systems. It is up to our and coming parental generations to preemptively CHANGE that culture! Here’s a quick video below any parent (teachers?) can show their middle schooler and THEY WILL get it and implement it in their cognitive processes, if it is enforced by parents, then schools, then hopefully by our nation’s laws!

    A good post Sally! Thank you. ❤

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