[AUDIO] What Constitutes Consent?
Spencer Giel

05 May 2017

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? 

On this episode of the Philosopher's Zone, Eleanor Gordon-Smith gathers a variety of opinions to determine whether this definition truly captures the idea of consent. 


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.