We call it The Talk, like it’s one discussion we have with our children about sex. It’s really at least two. For parents of sons, a third has become necessary.
The first talk is really pretty easy. Men and women fit together like puzzle pieces. It takes both to make a baby. Sperm, egg, zygote, and so forth. Good talk, son. Come back anytime you have questions.
The second talk is harder. Emotions. Protections. Consequences. Radically altered life plans. Do you very best to make good choices, son. Come back anytime you have questions.
The new third talk for sons is on how to avoid the contingent of shrieking lunatics with a malicious and dishonest desire to see them charged with felonies.
Sexual assault is a serious issue that deserves serious discussion. I will have that serious discussion with my sons as part of talk number two.
I hope that by the time they go to college, the senselessly bloodthirsty and disingenuous environment from which things like this Rolling Stone travesty can plausibly spring is gone.