The Issue Of Freedom Of Speech Essay

1430 Words May 11th, 2016 6 Pages
The main issue in our case is the issue of freedom of speech. Josh posted his controversial opinion on social media, which did not threaten anyone but was a very rude thing to say. Though Josh had freedom of speech, his tweet could have been misinterpreted as a threat. Otherwise, it was not within the school’s right to suspend Josh over his choice of words. The social issues that are going on in this case are not only freedom of speech, but the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. According to various studies, 15 to 20 percent of students have experienced rape on college campuses throughout the country. Though Josh was not advocating for such a horrible crime, he did state that he thought female students were “asking for it.” There was also the mention of “rape culture.” It is when society, or even individuals, blame victims of sexual assault and normalize violence. Julia Kacmarek and Elizabeth Geffre of the Huffington Post reports that “The language of rape culture exists in everyday conversation,” just as Josh tweeted out. Now looking at the ethical issues, what Josh said is very out of line, but that does not mean that he should be punished for his words, especially if his words were said on social media and outside of school. Although there are several courses of action the school may take in addressing this issue, they decide a harsh, swift punishment is necessary. The dean of the university is immediately enraged by Josh’s comments about the women on…

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