Today’s award goes to the California legislature, along with the Sacramento and Fresno Bee and the Daily Californian. Legal Insurrection reports:
In endorsing a bill in the California legislature that would require “affirmative consent” before sex can occur on campus, the editorial boards of the Sacramento and Fresno Bee and the Daily Californian advocated that sex be treated as “sexual assault” unless the participants discuss it “out loud” before sex, and “demonstrate they obtained verbal ‘affirmative consent’ before engaging in sexual activity.”
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The Fresno Bee praised the bill because “it adopts in campus disciplinary cases the ‘affirmative consent standard,’ which means that ‘yes’ only means ‘yes’ if it is said out loud.” The Daily Californian declared that “the proposal’s requirement that defendants in a sexual assault case demonstrate they obtained verbal ‘affirmative consent’ before engaging in sexual activity makes SB 967 a step in the right direction.”
Since most couples have engaged in sex without “verbal” consent, supporters of the bill are effectively redefining most people, and most happily-married couples, as rapists.
There’s more at the link.
I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’ve encountered a singular lack of rational, logical verbal feedback among most college students I’ve known, particularly when the liquor’s flowing and a few too many merrymaking substances have been abused. I’m not sure how they’re going to define ‘affirmative consent’ under such circumstances . . . but it should be interesting!