Some consider the commodification of sexual services inherently wrong, something that ought to be abolished outright.
California law defines sexual consent as "Yes means Yes". In other words, the consent is "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity," that can be revoked at any time.
The bill that enacted this change in 2014 was aiming in particular to improve the way that sexual assault and rape cases are handled at Universities. However, does this definition properly capture what constitutes consent? Does Yes really always mean Yes?
What do you think? Is the law's definition of consent appropriate? Is a strict definition possible? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Interested in consent in other contexts? Check out our upcoming episode on The Limits of Medical Consent.
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In our healthcare system, parents normally make medical decisions for their kids because, we think, children are not competent to make such decisions for themselves.