Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Victim Culture: Mind Your Own Petard!

A prominent female student activist at the University of Oxford has resigned from her political positions after admitting having non-consensual sex with another student.

Annie Teriba, a second-year history and politics student at Wadham College, said she failed to be “attentive to the other person’s body language” during a drunken night at this year’s National Union of Students’ conference for black members.

Teriba, 20, the editor of a “radical” gay magazine, wrote on her Facebook account: “The other party later informed me that the sex was not consensual. I failed to properly establish consent before every act.

“I apologise sincerely and profoundly for my action.

“In failing to clarify that the person consented to our entire encounter, I have caused serious irreparable harm.”

Teriba, from east London, also admitted that during her first year at the university she had “touched somebody in a sexual manner without their consent” while drunk in a club.

She wrote: “With these incidents I have rightly lost the trust of those who I organise with and fully intend to work to ensure that I both put my politics in practice in my personal relations.”

She added: “It is clear that I lack self-awareness and become sexually entitled when I am drunk. This does not excuse my actions, I am wholly responsible for the damage that I have caused.”

Teriba was appointed as the “lesbian, gay, bi and transsexual women’s representative” at the annual NUS black students’ conference in May.

She has now resigned from the union’s black students committee and the national committee of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

She has also stood down as editor of No HeterOx, which is described as a magazine for “Oxford’s Queer and Trans Voices”, and as the Wadham student union’s “people of colour and racial equality officer”... 

The Times.

While not qualified to write on the specifics of this case, Annie Teriba seems to embody all that is wrong with student politics, and all that 'hate speech', 'rape culture', 'intersectionality', 'hierarchies of oppression', 'no platform', 'check your privilege', 'politically correct', offence-taking, trigger warning, fun-sponging, sex-hating, pitchfork-wielding, guilt-tripping identity politics, and the ongoing Victim Olympics.

How can anyone take any of this discussion-closing bullying baloney seriously, or think it's got any place on the left?


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