SEX REGULATIONS: Saying ‘Yes’ During Sex Doesn’t Mean Yes

SEX REGULATIONS: Saying ‘Yes’ During Sex Doesn’t Mean Yes

SEX REGULATIONS: Saying ‘Yes’ During Sex Doesn’t Mean Yes

California’s new affirmative consent law, designed to ensure the government has a say in every sexual encounter, has been a bear to explain — especially to the young demographic that’s supposedly promiscuous enough to warrant a group explanation.

But that hasn’t deterred the law’s devotees from trying. Here’s how The New York Times described one disciple’s effort to explain the “yes means yes” rule to a room full of San Francisco 10th graders:

Consent from the person you are kissing — or more — is not merely silence or a lack of protest, Shafia Zaloom, a health educator at the Urban School of San Francisco, told the students. They listened raptly, but several did not disguise how puzzled they felt.

“What does that mean — you have to say ‘yes’ every 10 minutes?” asked Aidan Ryan, 16, who sat near the front of the room.

“Pretty much,” Ms. Zaloom answered. “It’s not a timing thing, but whoever initiates things to another level has to ask.”

With California’s approval of the law this month, schools across the state are forced to teach secondary school students the finer points of when, and how, “yes means yes” applies to sex.

The policy is already the de facto guide for colleges throughout the state in investigating  on-campus rape claims. As the Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow has reported in her ongoing series covering the topsy-turvy world of campus rape enforcement, the law entitles universities to persecute — not prosecute — the accused. And it basically invites those who regret sex after the fact to claim they’ve been raped.

 

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