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Connections: Discussing affirmative consent

When it comes to sex, "affirmative consent" is the standard taught on college campuses and in countless articles written for both the classroom and public consumption. But critics have recently intensified their claims that it's not working. The Washington Post's Megan McArdle writes that affirmative consent ignores human beings' basic ability to read cues from a sexual partner, and it creates an impossible standard to meet, particularly for someone who might be accused of crossing legal lines.

Our guests discuss our expectations for sex, safety, and affirmative consent. In studio:

  • Allison O'Malley, chief executive officer of RESOLVE
  • Lauren Berger, education and outreach specialist at RESTORE

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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