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Reason has an article about California Governor Jerry Brown signing a bill mandating that colleges police their students’ sex lives. In addition to instituting some awful concepts of due process, the law calls for students to refrain from sexual activity until their partners give “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement… [which] must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.” He opines:
Some congrats are in order, I suppose? To collectivist feminists, doomsayers of the “rape is an ever-worsening epidemic” variety, and other puritans: Your so-called progressivism has restored Victorian Era prudishness to its former place as a guiding moral compass. Well done, liberals.
“Hmm,” I sez to myself. “Isn’t Victorial Era prudishness precisely the thing that social conservatives seem to want?”
After all, religious colleges also have strict codes of conduct regarding student sexuality, albeit with very different motivations than those of their leftist counterparts. What would turn progressive students against the new prudery faster than campus Republicans and campus Christian/religious clubs embracing sexual conduct regulation, and lobbying to make sexual conduct codes even more strict?
In that vein, Dan Calabrese offered the following suggestion at Caintv.com:
“Meet a girl. Do not have sex with her yet. I’ll tell you when. Get to know the girl. Let her get to know you. Do not move in with her at this point! I’ll tell you when. And no sex yet either. OK. Now, determine whether this might a girl you could commit to for the rest of your life. If so, ask her if she would be interested in such an arrangement. Not yet! Wait for it. OK, now, if she is agreeable, marry her. Spend a year planning a big wedding or elope this weekend, I don’t really care, as long as you make your commitment before God.
OK. You ready? Now . . . move in together and have all the sex you want. Follow this plan and you will not be accused of sexual assault.”
This seems like a way more effective strategy for getting progressives to step down from this particular hobby horse than the current (apparent) strategy of belittling feminism and denying that there is any real “crisis” (even if that denial happens to be true).
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