Let’s Talk About “Consent”

Anti-Imperialism.org

TRIGGER WARNING: the following article contains a frank discussion of rape. We feel this issue is of great importance, but it may cause some readers distress.

By Freya B.

The concept of “consent,” as it applies to sexual relations, is solidified in the laws of some countries and has increasingly come to dominate liberal feminist discourse. In short, the “test” for whether rape occurs in some legal systems and in much of modern feminism is whether one of the parties does not “consent” to sex. Popular campaigns looking to reduce rates of rape and sexual assault place the issue of consent right at the center of their approach. On college campuses and all over social media, one can easily find slogans such as “Got Consent?,” “Consent is Sexy,” or “It’s On Us.” These initiatives aim to convince men that in order to avoid abusing…

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