Consent in Sex
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 26 February 2012, Question 1
I answered a question on consent in sex on Philosophy in Action Radio on 26 February 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
What constitutes consent in sex? Can a person give tacit consent by his or her actions? Is explicit consent required for some sex acts? Once consent has been given, when and how can a person withdraw that consent? Does the legal perspective on these questions differ from the moral perspective?
My Answer, In Brief: To consent to sex requires communicating a willingness engaging in the act, whether by word or deed. Consent can be withdrawn at any point, and for the other person to ignore that constitutes sexual assault.
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- Paul Hsieh's summary of the law of consent in sex
- Law Prof on the Loose: Rape Law by Jon Siegel
- Rape charges dropped against Butler player
- Wikipedia: Rape and Spousal Rape
- Dept. of Justice: An Updated Definition of Rape
- Colorado Revised Statutes: Title 18, Article 3, Part 4
- Boston Globe: On campus, an absurd overregulation of sexual conduct by Cathy Young
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