Sunday, August 03, 2003

No Means No

I really don't understand what the hell is going on in the minds of people who object to the Illinois rape law which states simply that consent can be withdrawn after it has been given. Do they really think once penetration has been consented to a man or woman has a right to continue with the act as long as he/she wishes? What kind of weird logic is that?

Now, as Jeralyn from Talk Left points out, prosecuting these cases is admittedly extraordinarily problematic, as most rape cases are, but the general principle seems rather obvious.

One can take sides on the facts of any particular case, but I mean, jeez, what are people thinking here? Sex can become uncomfortable, unpleasant, undesired, and even quite painful (I assume even when it involves someone other than me). To argue that once penetration takes place someone has been granted the right to continue forever is truly bizarre.