…the Ched Evans story is far more problematic than that of a priapic predator in a dark underpass. I’ve spent two grim days reading about everything the former Welsh international did in a hotel in Rhyl in 2011. I have come to three conclusions.
The first is that the verdict of the jury was inconsistent and quite possibly unsafe.
The second is that the football pitches of England would be half-empty this Saturday afternoon if you removed every player who has done what Evans did. (And so would many of the clubs and pubs.)
The third conclusion is probably the most troubling. We live in an era where relationships among the young have changed beyond recognition. Casual hook-ups and the exchange of sexual favours are the norm. Even “nice” girls allow themselves to be used like inflatable dolls. (If confident enough, they can use men like playthings in return.) In such a free-for-all, what is meant by “consensual sex” becomes more and more blurred.I couldn't agree more with every word.
And in a world where a man who has taken part in a momentous scientific achievement can be humiliated and forced into a grovelling apology by the sort of morons who can barely work the smartphones they use to register their supercilious disapproval of his 'disrespectful' attire, it's (sadly) probably a dangerous opinion for her to have ventured...
But, as her column shows (and this gels with what I've heard in my own office) it's actually the mainstream opinion:
My informal jury at the beauty salon concluded that, if you go to a hotel room with a footballer, “you’re not going to end up playing Scrabble, are you?” Unlike the law of the land, the twentysomething therapists believe that young women like them have to take responsibility for their own behaviour and not rely on the bloke “to know whether you want it or not”.The online vocal hordes are not as representative as they'd like us to believe.