‘FIRE Is Sticking Up for Penises Everywhere’

August 29, 2011

by Jacob Sullum

Reason.com

 

In the September issue of Philadelphia magazine, Sandy Hingston explores "The New Rules of College Sex," formulated in response to the dual threats of Title IX complaints and loss of federal funding. Under those rules, sexual assault is defined as "any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, without consent." The initiator (typically a man) must obtain explicit consent (preferably in writing?) for each step in a sexual excounter, and if the other person (typically a woman) has been drinking, all bets are off, since intoxication may render her incapable of consent. Hingston notes that Vice President Joe Biden's recent claim that college campuses face an epidemic of sexual assault, which is contradicted by data on reported cases, hinges on portraying women as victims when they do not see themselves that way...

‘FIRE Is Sticking Up for Penises Everywhere’

August 29, 2011

In the September issue of Philadelphia magazine, Sandy Hingston explores "The New Rules of College Sex," formulated in response to the dual threats of Title IX complaints and loss of federal funding. Under those rules, sexual assault is defined as "any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, without consent." The initiator (typically a man) must obtain explicit consent (preferably in writing?) for each step in a sexual excounter, and if the other person (typically a woman) has been drinking, all bets are off, since intoxication may render her incapable of consent. Hingston notes that Vice President Joe Biden's recent claim that college campuses face an epidemic of sexual assault, which is contradicted by data on reported cases, hinges on portraying women as victims when they do not see themselves that way...