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“Old-Fashioned” Rules No Longer Look So Bad

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I occasionally horrify my children and other Millennials with descriptions of university life in previous generations. Until the 1970’s, for instance, female students frequently lived in women-only dormitories with strict rules preventing men from going “upstairs”.  “Gentleman callers” arrived in well-guarded lobbies for study sessions or dates and women faced serious consequences if they smuggled some guy onto the same floors where other girls slept and showered.

This may seem horribly old-fashioned in the light of today’s “hook-up” culture, but such restraints made complaints of rape and assault far less common than they are now. In the same light, Vice President Mike Pence provoked derision and mockery for his purportedly prudish avoidance of private business dinners with women without the participation of his wife.

But in an age of sex scandals, think of the ruined politicians whose careers might have been saved by similar self-restraint, just as ancient dorm rules helped spare long-ago students from nightmarish and shattering encounters.

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  1. Truth hurts  •  Dec 13, 2017 at 12:08 am

    My guess is that the Medveds have some family experience with premarital sex.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 13, 2017 at 6:04 am

      My guess is that you are lonely, bitter, virgin… and not a virgin as in to suggest purity, but more like the desperate kind in which NOBODY can even tolerate the thought of having sex with you.

      • Jim Bird  •  Dec 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        Maybe T-h becomes more melancholy and morose around the holidays?

      • Tru  •  Dec 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

        In your world virginity suggests "purity"?? Does that apply to men as well? Just, wow.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse. There are cultural and religious traditions that place special value and significance on this state, predominantly towards unmarried females, associated with notions of personal purity, honor and worth.

        Now… What does it mean to you?

  2. R Connor  •  Dec 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Mike Pence was derided for his good decision to protect the fidelity of his valuable marriage only by those who were ignorant and unable to understand his morality. In wake of all the sexual harassment claims that abound from every corner of the workforce, Mike Pence's lifestyle looks smart and his judgment is particularly sharp. Why hate on a guy who regards his wife so highly and chooses to protect his rep?

    • Tru  •  Dec 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Are you saying that Mike Pence feels he cannot control himself without the constraints of having his wife present?

      • Averien  •  Dec 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

        Christianity says to flee from sexual temptation– the only one it doesn't just say to resist. It also says to avoid even the *appearance* of sin. Pence's actions help in both respects. Most men, however good, can be tempted by beautiful, willing women. It's not a shame to an alcoholic to remove themselves from situations where they are alone with alcohol. Our strongest instinct as a species is sex: it is no shame to say, "I don't want to give myself the situation to behave badly with women."

  3. kmeechan  •  Dec 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Wow, for once we are spared a comment ( so far) from our favorite leftist Ty, Hallelujah! he's probably busy finding some studies and graphs he can provide us links for that "document" his opinion.

    • kmeechan  •  Dec 16, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Woops, my apologies for not issuing a trigger warning before using the word Hallelujah, that's clearly a micro aggression for leftist atheists

    • Tru  •  Dec 18, 2017 at 11:17 am

      He probably got his cast off and is no longer having to settle for weak amusement.

  4. Tru  •  Dec 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

    But, hey,the last thing you want here is someone who posts a thought-out, respectful challenge to your opinions, right?

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Still waiting for such a challenge.

  5. kmeechan  •  Dec 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Tru, Actually I prefer thought out respectful opinions, sometimes Ty manages to do this, often he just reminds conservatives of how hate filled and stupid and we are all the while spewing his own venom and hate and insults, oblivious to his own double standard. I was merely having some fun, if you find it weak amusement so be it, it wasn't meant to be substantive. I think R Connor summed it up quite well, Pence displays common sense that works for him, why assume he can't control himself or "hate on him"? I am however not sure you have contributed anything "thoughtful" yet but I am standing by….

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