Every Friday night, a group of first year college students gathers in a small room to attend a class run by Martina Gonzalez. Holding a mock joint and an unopened beer, Gonzalez chooses a volunteer from the audience – a short-haired Japanese exchange student – and asks her to stand in the middle of the room. “Let’s pretend we’re at a party on greek row and I’m a white fraternity brother,” she instructs her audience.
After a whisk of fingers through her hair, Gonzalez is in character. She firmly grabs the student by the hips and plants a soft kiss on her neck.
“Come on sexy girl, smile for me,” she says in a deep voice. “Girls are so much hotter when they smile.”
The volunteer, visibly uncomfortable, fidgets with her hair.
Gonzalez lowers her voice even more and continues.
“Is it true what they say about Korean girls?”
Beads of sweat form on the student’s forehead. She is nervous.
“You heard me. Me ands my bros wanna bang a drunk chick tonight. You wanna come upstairs and get in on that?”
The student freezes. Her eyes frantically search the room as Gonzalez stares unblinkingly in her direction. End scene.
“You were just raped by two Lacrosse players,” Gonzalez tells her volunteer. “That’s how quickly it can happen.”
A California native, Gonzalez is a Team Beachbody coach who devotes her free time to educating women on the dangers of college sexuality. “I am here to teach these girls how to protect themselves against the threats lurking in Pi Kappa Alpha,” she told a reporter. “I have always said that a combination of education and a wellness plan like the Beachbody Challenge are the best ways to combat the rape plague.”
On college campuses across the nation, fear of sexual violence is at an all time high. The college greek system, in particular, has become the subject of various high profile sexual assault cases in the past five years. This is despite the fact that the rate of reported assaults has actually dropped more than 60% since 1993. Modern feminists’ emphasis on male violence, some say, has created an atmosphere of tension and mistrust between the sexes.
Gonzalez encourages her students to be prepared at all times. “I suggest every freshman carry a rape whistle and bear mace when attending a fraternity event where alcohol is served,” she said. “And to all the boys out there hellbent on raping, I hope you realize that my students have been taught to dial 911 so fast it’s ridiculous.”
The hysteria surrounding misogynistic violence at fraternities has drawn strong opposition from a vocal minority. Critics have lambasted modern feminists for using knowingly false statistics, like the highly repeated myth that one-in-four college women will be raped, to exaggerate the risk posed to female students. Criticism has also been directed at the movement’s emphasis on staging attention-grabbing events, like slut walks, that have absolutely no real-world impact.
Gonzalez says that until rape culture ceases to exist, she will continue using her platform to spread awareness about the dangers posed by white college men.
“Statistically, you all are probably sexual harassment victims,” she tells her class. “And if you’re not, you might need to learn what sexual harassment is.”