On Retroactive Rape

The implications of redefining rape are broad. It means that all sex has the potential to retroactively become rape. Obviously this is a scary thought for a lot of men. Some would argue that it is criminalizing all sex, though it isn’t. It is merely adding the potentiality for criminality to all sex.

In some ways this is similar to financial fraud (bear with me here, this works I promise). Fraud occurs when there is a knowledge deficit that allows one party to take advantage of another. When someone defrauds me, I do not think they have committed a crime at the time when the crime actually happens. It is only later, when the financial impropriety has been revealed that I actual realize that I was a victim of a crime. Having sex is a judgment made based upon a fairly complex metric of knowledge and assumption. If at a later date, some of that knowledge is proven to be false, it essentially invalidates the original decision. As male tactics go, the concept of convincing a woman that you’re interested in a relationship merely to sleep with her and then abandon her is fairly common. However dishonesty in the acquisition of sex never enters into the current definition of rape. And without that there is no moral hazard created to force honesty and trustworthiness in sexual dealings. Men can continue to use dishonesty as a way of acquiring sex from women.

If the playing field is changed, so that women can retroactively define such dishonest dealing as rape (which it is), without having to suffer through the rigmarole of the current ‘consent’ bullshit, then the entire male approach is forced to change. The often-practiced and admired art of treating women as objects to be manipulated into having sex with you (see “The Game”, et al) will end. Casual sex will not be eliminated, but it will end up being between two people who are fully invested in the idea of casual sex. More importantly the idea that consensual sex can ever happen without full disclosure (again, similar to financial regulations requiring quarter reports to allow investors to make informed decisions) can be put to bed (pun intended).

By denying women volition over defining what happens to their body, we are essentially denying them the ability to control what happens to their body.

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2 Responses to “On Retroactive Rape”

  1. Iain Hall Says:

    Of course in the spirit of sexual equality you would extent the right to men who have been lied to by the women that they have sex with to bring a similar legal action.
    This is the most stupid idea I have seen from anyone about sex and consent.
    Lay off the drugs and get some experience in the real world, with real people before you embarrass yourself by writing such foolish posts again.

  2. pload Says:

    Of course in the spirit of sexual equality you would extent the right to men who have been lied to by the women that they have sex with to bring a similar legal action.

    Don’t really see a need to. The power balance that exists right now strongly favor men, who commit pretty much all the sexual assualts. Anyone who argues that men need more sexual protection is self-delusional.

    Lay off the drugs and get some experience in the real world, with real people before you embarrass yourself by writing such foolish posts again.

    Awh, thanks for the concerns about my health, but I’ve never actually taken drugs and have no desire to start. Maybe it is my real world experience, with real people, with female friends of mine who have been sexually assaulted or sexually brutalized by men that motivate these ‘foolish’ posts.

    You seem to enjoy living in your isolated little bubble where everything is peachy and women aren’t abused. Good for you. Enjoy that. Those of us who actually live in the real world can continue without you.

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