Consent to be touched

By , December 19, 2010 3:10 pm

EDIT: Welcome to all the lovely folks from reddit.com’s MensRights section, from which this post was linked to with the desctription A example of how consent laws will turn everyone into rapists. Seriously, how long until a feminist claims rape because a guy touched her on the shoulder to tell her she dropped something? I’ve responded to some of the comments in a new post, Consent Redux.

Last night, the friend I’m visiting hosted a Christmas party. It was lots of fun: tons to eat, delicious deserts, pretty decorations, huge number of drinks, and good people, some who I knew and some who I was meeting for the first time. But around 12:30AM, as the party was starting to wind down, I came upstairs to hear “I said don’t touch my back!” screamed as a girl rushed past me and to the basement, followed quickly by the host.

Walking into the living room, I saw a guy, J, standing there sort of confused, asking, “What the hell was her problem?”

I couldn’t help myself, and snapped, “Well, did she say not to touch her?”

“I only touched her once,” came his obviously frustrated reply.

This made me pause, because I didn’t want to unfairly assume that he’d been a dick, if she actually had overreacted. Nonetheless, I asked, “Yeah, and when she said ‘Don’t’ did you apologize or act like a jerk?”

“She didn’t need to be such a bitch about it!”

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