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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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