Rape is a serious crime. The first step to stopping a crime is declaring it a crime, or making it illegal. Since it is already illegal, the next step is to change society's attitudes to stop people from getting away with it. Although rape is illegal, there are other laws that make it easier to commit rape. One such law is the drinking age. When we look at the attitudes that promote rape culture, the link between rape culture and the drinking age becomes obvious, especially on college campuses.
Step 1: Superiority
Rape is a crime of superiority, meaning that 100% of rapists feel that they are superior to their victims in some way. In some cases the law is evil enough to promote this. The drinking age declares that people over 21 are superior to people under 21. Whenever an upperclassman rapes a freshman at a party, the drinking age is encouraging the rapist's sense of entitlement. Anyone who has the slightest sympathy for rape victims would never declare that rapists actually are superior to their victims. Supporters of the drinking age clearly do not care at all about the victim's feelings.
Step 2: Dependence
One of the best ways to give a rapist a source of victims is to make the victims dependent on the rapists. In the above scenario, the college freshman wants to drink, so she has to hang out with people who have access to alcohol. When she is invited to a party with upperclassmen, she may go because she is excited to have access to alcohol and because she is finally away from her overprotective parents. She has no way of knowing that this guy is a rapist, because he doesn't tell her and because he doesn't glow purple. She just wants to go to a party to have a good time, and contrary to what supporters of the drinking age want you to believe, she has the right to do that safely. If there was no drinking age, she would be able to buy her own alcohol and hang out with her friends instead of going to a party with a bunch of macho men who only see her as a sex object.
Step 3: Fear of Reporting
No matter how serious a crime is, if it is not reported, it might as well be legal. Rapists depend heavily on making their victims afraid to report the crime to the police. Because of the drinking age, the rapists don't have to worry about that, because the government already does that for them. Underage drinkers who are raped are often afraid that if they report the rape, they and possibly the host of the party will be arrested for underage drinking, while the rapist will go free due to lack of evidence. There have been too many cases where a rape victim was arrested for underage drinking while the rapist got away. If you've ever raped a drunk girl at a party, you can thank the drinking age for making your crime easier.
Step 4: Victim Blaming
After being raped, being told that the rapist is legally superior to her, being forced to depend on the rapist for access to a restricted item, and being afraid to report the crime, you would think that the victim has been through enough. It gets worse. Supporters of the drinking age want society to believe that sexual assault is a normal consequence of underage drinking, causing society to believe that underage drinkers deserve to be raped. No one deserves to be raped. The victim has the right to drink and to be safe at the same time. If you interpreted the last sentence as a statement that people have the right to break the law, you're right. That's exactly what it means. When you tell people that they don't have the right to do something, you are really telling them that they don't have the right to be safe when they do it and that they deserve whatever happens to them, which promotes victim blaming and completely goes against the bullshit goal of protecting them. I'd much rather encourage lawbreaking than encourage victim blaming. Of course, if the law was changed, that dilemma wouldn't even exist.
This brings up an interesting question. Are these consequences intentional? Are supporters of the drinking age well aware of these consequences? Arguments against prohibition, especially the one about unreported emergencies, are not new. They've been around since the beginning of complete alcohol prohibition, which was about 90 years ago. Powerful elites have always conveniently ignored arguments against prohibition. They do anything to keep their power, regardless of who they hurt. They want the prohibited action to be as dangerous as possible, so they can justify their claim that it is dangerous. Supporters of the drinking age love when underage drinkers are raped, because they can add the victim as another statistic. They cite a correlation between underage drinking and sexual assault, without mentioning that prohibition makes sexual assault easier to commit. They don't want people to realize that sexual assault is not caused by underage drinking, but by selfish assholes who don't respect the rights of others.
If the drinking age gives rapists exactly what they want, why is there so much widespread support for it? One possible reason is that people don't imagine the government being evil enough to help rapists. Another possible reason is a victim blaming attitude - that the victims of these rapes don't fit the sweet and innocent norm, so mainstream society doesn't care about them.
If you are fine with a society that enables rape, feel free to continue supporting the drinking age. I can't stop you. But if you don't support rape, you should not support the drinking age.