Friday, August 29, 2014

Feminism Strikes Again: Destroying Rape Culture

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE, RAPE CULTURE]

California's Historic New Bill Just Changed "No Means No" to "Yes Means Yes"

Yesterday, a bill in California was unanimously approved by the Senate. Said bill requires schools across the state to define consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement" rather than a lack of a "no." Any schools who fail to do this risk losing funding.

This is a very important win in the battle to make Universities actually fucking do something about the rampant sexual assault and rape on their campuses. It's also important in the fight against rape culture in general. "No means no" is ineffective and even damaging. A lack of a stated "no" should not be considered consent. Story after story shows how the human body and mind will often freeze up in dangerous situations as a survival mechanism. This is not consent. This is the brain thinking you're about to die.

The spread of enthusiastic, affirmative, continuous consent as the standard is extremely important in the fight against rape culture. The fact that the government of a large and important state in this country is a big step and hopefully the start of a trend. Washington State needs to get on this.

There will inevitably be detractors who will fret about hypothetical men who "accidentally" rape because they didn't ask for consent enough. These people are the scummiest of the rape apologist scum.

It's very simple. If you give a fuck about your sexual partner and you're not a fucking sociopath, you'll be able to read facial expressions and body language. If you're not sure, you'll ask. If you're worried that asking will "kill the mood," then you care more about your pleasure than the safety and well-being of your partner, and you're therefore a terrible person who should never be allowed to have sex again.

That's all there is to it.

3 comments:

Libeller said...

Isn't rape a police matter? Universities are not police or quasi-judicial bodies, and they do not act in loco parentis - unless we're talking about the ways that universities deal with allegations of rape against their faculty members or their star athletes, I don't really understand why universities need to get any more involved in police or judicial matters and in fact think they should butt out. Maybe you can tell me where my thinking is wrong on this.

Lindsey Weedston said...

Yeah, the problem is that A) Universities do and will always try to get involved as long as they rely on tuition money to function because having rapists on campus isn't good for business and B) Universities must get involved because victims shouldn't have to worry about seeing their rapists on campus. Rapists should be expelled.

Libeller said...

That makes sense and I agree, but university officials are not trained detectives capable of determining whether or not a rape has occured. I would fully support legislation that forced schools to expel convicted rapists, or legislation aimed at changing how police and the justice system handle rape allegations.