Question: How do you know when liberals have run out of all logic and reason during a discussion on any subject?

Answer: When they start pulling out the dreaded “race card” in any of its varied forms.

Newsbusters reports on dialog between Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten and his feminist friend Gina Barreca in a recent webcast. In this discussion, which dismisses the sensible advice to young women offered recently by Slate contributor Emily Yaffe, the two pundits compare the female right to be drunk at frat parties to….. segregation!

GINA:  She deserved the heat.  ….  Not getting drunk is not the best way to prevent rape. The best way to prevent rape is to get men to stop raping.

GENE:  Agreed.  Agreed one hundred percent. But in the meantime, while we are at long last, belatedly, finally making the world unsafe for rapists, who we both agree are the only culprits here …  isn’t there room for a little commonsense advice?  Would it have been bad to write a column warning men not to walk through seedy neighborhoods at 2 a.m. wearing new Air Jordans and a Rolex?

GINA:  That’s fine, sound advice, and easily heeded.   Men can wear sensible shoes  and a Timex.  But to paraphrase Elayne Boosler, a woman cannot choose, on a given day, at a given party, to leave her vagina in her other pants.

GENE: But she can avoid the bad neighborhood !

GINA:  It shouldn’t be a bad neighborhood.  It’s a party.  It’s a bad neighborhood because of rapists.

GENE:  We are not talking about what should or should not be.  We are talking about what is.  And a frat party is a bad neighborhood for a drunk young woman.

GINA: But she has every right to visit that neighborhood.   Black people in Birmingham Alabama had every right to visit Woolworth lunch counters in 1962.  Their leaders did not write articles counseling them that the most prudent action was to avoid such places.

GENE:  Are you comparing the right to puke with the right to be treated as equal human beings in places of public accommodation?

GINA:  Actually, I am.  Same principle, if somewhat less monumental stakes.