Conservative Think Tank’s Bizarre Video: Ladies, Don’t Worry About Roofies

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In an odd video posted Monday, the prominent conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute reached out to young women and advised them to be less worried about drug-facilitated date rape.

The video was the latest installment in AEI’s online series, “The Factual Feminist.”

After a jingle played over pink and purple graphics, deputy host Caroline Kitchens posed the question: “Should women really live in constant fear of roofies?”

Kitchens ran through different studies attempting to debunk concerns about “rapists armed with roofies.”

The video took a slightly surreal turn when it cut away from Kitchens and began to show some kind of digital reenactment of the sexual assault case the host was describing.

“Calling date rape drugs a myth may not be quite right,” she said. “I mean, these drugs do exist, and there are some cases where women are drugged and sexually assaulted.”

But it’s time for a tough-minded “reality check,” she said.

“Just think about it: It requires the stranger to find the drugs, slip them into a woman’s drink undetected, manage to take the victim away from her friends without anyone noticing, and then reliably erase her memory of the experience,” Kitchens said.

“Most commonly, victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault are severely intoxicated, often from their own volition,” she said.

“And feminists should be concerned that women are modifying their behavior on their girls nights out in order to protect themselves from some vague, improbable threat,” she added.

Watch the video below, courtesy of AEI:

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