BLACKING OUT AND STUMBLING ON THE TRUTH
Blacking out from drinking flips a switch in the brain that makes it stop recording. Fear flips the other switch, the one that can’t forget. I don’t think the Senate Judiciary Committee has ever had to deal with the idea of “blacking out” before because they mangled the questioning concerning it. They asked all the wrong questions and betrayed no inner understanding of what “blacking out” actually means. Their stumbling on the truth just won’t happen. They just don’t want to know.
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DOCUMENTATION HELPS YOU REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED
Blacking out from drinking can mean one of two things: that you don’t remember parts of the night before or that you don’t remember large chunks of the night before. I have had nights where I wake up and don’t remember how I got home or how I got my pajamas on. My best friend in college woke up one morning having forgotten that she had devoured an entire roasted chicken the night before. I had pictures to prove it, but she didn’t remember it at all.
SOMETIMES YOU WAKE UP AND IT’S REALLY AWKWARD WHEN YOU DO
Another time a friend of mine woke up with a boy in her bed. She had to ask him if they had had sex because she didn’t remember. They had had sex, but even though she didn’t remember it, she made it okay in her own mind by saying that she would have had sex with him if she had been able to give consent. Not great.
THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
This all from drinking too much. Probably on an empty stomach. And drinking too fast. And playing drinking games. All things that happen in college and high school. Things that lots of people do, but very few people adequately understand.
People who black out might not remember doing something horrible, but they definitely have the feeling that people saw them and talked to them about things that they now can’t recall. It’s an eerie feeling, and one that the Senate Judiciary Committee should investigate.