The horrors and atrocities of history have been edited out of primary and secondary education except where they can be blamed on racism, sexism, and imperialism — toxins embedded in oppressive outside structures that must be smashed and remade.
But the real problem resides in human nature, which religion as well as great art sees as eternally torn by a war between the forces of darkness and light.
Faced with such ambiguities, administrators are likely to err on the side of caution and treat only explicit verbal agreement as sufficient proof of consent.
In fact, many affirmative-consent-based student codes of sexual conduct today either discourage reliance on nonverbal communication as leaving too much room for mistakes (among them California’s Occidental College and North Carolina’s Duke University) or explicitly require asking for and obtaining verbal consent (the University of Houston).
No sane person would quarrel with the principle that sex without consent is rape and should be severely punished.
But while sexual consent is widely defined as the absence of a “no” (except in cases of incapacitation), anti-rape activists and many feminists have long argued that this definition needs to shift toward an active “yes.” Or, as the California bill puts it: The law’s defenders, such as feminist writer Amanda Hess, dismiss as hyperbole claims that it would turn people into unwitting rapists every time they have sex without obtaining an explicit “yes” (or, better yet, a notarized signature) from their partner.
Liberalism lacks a profound sense of evil — but so does conservatism these days, when evil is facilely projected onto a foreign host of rising political forces united only in their rejection of Western values.
Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees.The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia.Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.It is well-established that the visual faculties play a bigger role in male sexuality, which accounts for the greater male interest in pornography.The sexual stalker, who is often an alienated loser consumed with his own failures, is motivated by an atavistic hunting reflex.
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He is called a predator precisely because he turns his victims into prey.