The Problems of Double Standards
Misperceptions and double standards of male and female roles contribute heavily to our current rape culture. Having lots of sex? Are you a guy? Nice, you are a stud! Having lots of sex as a girl? You are a slut!
This juxtaposition of studs and sluts, power and submission, control and emotional vulnerability leads to negative reactions to sexual assaults. People look at how a women was dressed, what she was drinking, or blame her emotionality as the causes of what she calls sexual assault-- rather than looking at the accused as a possible sexual predator (Ray, 2013).
The majority of respondents, both male and female viewed drinking differently for women and men. Heavy drinking for men was seen as 'bro activity' while it was seen as something a 'loose' girl is more likely to partake in. If this is the case, it makes sense that a drunk 'bro' would see a girl who is also drinking heavily and assume that she is looking for sexual contact.
Obviously, this is not the case. It is just one of many examples of the results of impaired judgment that comes from the combination of misperceptions and alcohol on college campuses. Compounding the problem, in the aftermath of a sexual assault, people look at the victim and think that she knows of these perceptions and double standards, and, like them or not, should understand the risk that is coming from her actions.