October 16, 2015

TO BE FAIR, NEITHER CAN ANYONE ELSE: High school students can’t figure out ‘yes means yes’ sex consent policy.

High school students being taught the new “yes means yes” consent policies are asking better questions than the people who wrote the law.

The law, which requires students to view sex as a legal contract rather than a passionate or loving act, is so confusing and unworkable that high school students in San Francisco couldn’t figure out how to make it work.

“What does that mean – you have to say ‘yes’ every 10 minutes?” asked one student.

The woman responsible for teaching these students, Shafia Zaloom, responded: “Pretty much,” adding, “It’s not a timing thing, but whoever initiates things to another level has to ask.” . . .

“The yes-means-yes standard turns almost all of us into rapists,” the commenter wrote. “We have let the radicals hijack this issue, with disastrous results for innocent young people.”

Other commenters suggest “yes means yes” policies are not difficult, as people should be communicating through sex anyway. Talking during sex isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t be considered rape just because no one said a word. Nonverbal communication is just as valid as verbal, but because “yes means yes” policies consider it too ambiguous, it’s either outlawed or strongly discouraged.

In essence, “yes means yes” policies have been developed to regulate sexual encounters — the most intimate of all human experiences. If you don’t have sex the way the government tells you to, you’re a rapist. And the government-approved sex manual provides a very narrow set of instructions for what isn’t rape. Basically, everything is rape now.

Leave it to the government to take all the joy out of sex.

I think that this level of government interference is actually a violation of privacy rights under Lawrence v. Texas.

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