Stanford University wiped a webpage titled Female Bodies and Alcohol Wednesday after readers expressed outrage.
The webpage, which can be seen as an archived version on the Wayback Machine, went into detail about why women get drunk faster than men, how women behave under the influence of alcohol and “women and alcohol emergencies.”
The page’s cheeky language, paired with a laser-focus on women infuriated readers. For example, the page made several references to a man’s “bigger frame,” and women’s hormonal changes when menstruating.
In a section about “sexual intent and aggression,” the site reads:
Research tells us that women who are seen drinking alcohol are perceived to be more sexually available than they may actually be. Therefore, women can be targeted with unwanted attentions due to that misperception.
It goes on to say that men “feel sexually aroused and are more responsive to erotic stimuli, including rape scenarios,” and that for some guys, “being drunk serves as a justification for behavior that is demeaning or insulting, including the use of others as sexual objects.”
Though their intent may have been good, this could definitely be interpreted as a very roundabout way of telling women: If you drink alcohol, you’re “asking for it.” Also, the term, “rape scenarios?” Yikes.
The school has since updated the Female Bodies and Alcohol page with an apology:
We would like to apologize for an outdated and insensitive article on women and alcohol that was here. The content of the article did not reflect the values of our office. We are sorry for the harm that the article may have caused people who read it.