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Is "her pleasure" a better standard than "her consent"?

 LouFCD tweeted about this blog post which pointed to this article in the Sydney Morning Herald. The article provocatively asks us to consider whether "consent" is too low a bar to set for deciding whether sex that happens is okay. Adele Horin, author of the article, suggests that a better standard for deciding whether sex should happen or not is whether the "he" in the situation (she is presuming hetero encounters) is committed to "her" pleasure. If he approaches the sex with her pleasure in mind then consent is going to have to be part of the picture, but he will go beyond consent to make sure she is enjoying the sex she consented to. Horin asks:

What would happen if the burden of proof in a rape trial were turned on its head.

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"The Foreskin Dialogues"

This conversation started on my Wordpress Blog and I'd love for it to continue here. If you posted there and would repost your comment here, that would be wonderful. If you don't feel like doing that, but don't mind if I do it, send me a note. If you haven't jumped in yet, please do!
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