A Letter on Consent

I wrote this for the first issue of “The Westcountry Mutineer” a new radical tabloid OUT NOW!

Dear F***ckers,

You may well be aware of the ongoing news story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and allegations of a sexual assault in Sweden. It’s big news right now as the case has been somewhat complicated by concerns that if he faces questioning over the case in Sweden he may then be sent on to the U.S.A. regarding his website leaking a load of really important information that has pissed off America no end. On top of this Assange has attempted to prove his innocence by trying to run away to Ecuador.

It seems every one who has (but probably shouldn’t be allowed) access to the internet has had their say on what should happen to Assange. This includes everyone’s least favourite Saddam Hussein-stroking, cat impressionist, Big Brother evictee, M.P. George Galloway.

When referencing the situation, where allegedly Julian Assange had unprotected sex with a SLEEPING WOMAN, without her permission,  he said this was not rape and instead referred to it as “bad sexual etiquette” saying “…even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100% true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don’t constitute rape.”

So I thought I would take this opportunity to speak to you all and say penetrating someone with your penis without express verbal permission, is rape. From the Sexual Offences Act, 2003: “A is guilty of rape when A intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of B (the complainant) with his penis; B does not consent to the penetration; and A does not reasonably believe that B consents.”

It doesn’t matter if you have had sex before, or you were both drunk or they are your wife, girlfriend, partner, fuck buddy or whatever. It doesn’t matter if they got naked or they “seemed up for it” or “it would ruin the mood”, just fucking ask. “Would you like to have sex with me?” It’s easy, and trust me, there is nothing hotter than when you partner replies “Oh Yes Please!” so just do it. If you don’,t it’s rape.

And if she or he (yes it works both ways) say No, then it’s no! In fact if they say anything other than Yes then it’s no. Silence means no, Maybe means no, I’m not sure means no, You’ve/I’ve been drinking means no. No persuasion, no complaining, no coercion, no sulking, no forcing. Getting them to say yes through coercion is not consent, it’s rape.

So next time you want to have sex, just ask, after all, it’s polite.

(Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion on the subject)

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