Let’s play a quick game. I’m going to give you Ohio State University’s list of “Circumstances in which a person CANNOT legally give consent” to have sex, and you’re going to tell me which one doesn’t seem right, okay?
Here’s the list:
- The person is severely intoxicated or unconscious as a result of alcohol or drugs.
- The person is physically or developmentally disabled.
- Once a person says “no.” It doesn’t matter if sexual behavior has happened in the past, or what kind of activity has occurred in the current event, earlier that day, or daily for the past six months. It does not matter if it is a current long-term relationship, a broken relationship, or marriage. If one partner says, “no,” and the other forces penetration, it is rape.
- The victim is under the age 13 or is elderly.
Spot it yet?
If you guessed “The one that condones child rape!” you’d be correct.
Well, in my book at least. Other people are totally cool with it.
And by “other people”, I mean the Federal Department of Education, who last week reached an agreement with The Ohio State University to “ensure the university’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) by providing a learning, living, and working environment that is free from sexual assault and sexual harassment.”
Yes, you’re looking at the “fix” to the problem, not the problem itself, which was discovered as a part of a probe conducted by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that started in 2010 and ended last week. The DoE’s findings stated that OSU’s prior policies regarding sexual violence and harassment didn’t comply with Title IX’s requirements… but somehow, these new policies do.
Statutory rape- that’s not legitimate rape, right?
Now, any sane person would assume that OSU- as well as the Department of Education- have to be facing some serious pushback for these policies. Surely the media is talking about this! I mean, what could possibly be more compelling to the media than a federally endorsed set of policies that seem to think that 13 is the age of consent?
Yes, instead of talking about OSU’s belief that thirteen-year-olds are able to consent to sex, the Leftist media has instead decided that pouncing on a Rush Limbaugh quote is the most prudent course of action. That quote “no means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it” was part of a larger discussion Rush was having on some of the other regulations OSU put into place as a result of the Title IX probe, which greatly broadens what constitutes as sexual assault.
Here’s the full quote, in context:
“This comes from the website College Insurrection, by the way. Oh, yeah. Unless they’re running a great parody. I’ve seen it too many places. Agreeing on the “why” takes all the romance out of everything, takes all the seduction. Seduction used to be an art. Now of course it’s brutish and it’s predatory and it’s bad.
Here’s what consent is at Ohio State. After you and your partner decide that you’re gonna make out or have sex, you agree to do it, then you have to agree on why. “Consent is the act of knowingly, actively and voluntarily agreeing explicitly to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be freely given and can be withdrawn at any time.”
“You have to be sober, not coerced, imaginative, enthusiastic, creative, wanted, informed, mutual, honest, verbal. The absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’ It must be asked every step of the way. It cannot be implied or assumed, even in the context of a relationship. Circumstances in which a person CANNOT legally give consent: (No matter what he or she might verbalize): The person is severely intoxicated or unconscious as a result of alcohol or drugs. The person is physically or developmentally disabled. The victim is under the age 13 or is elderly. So as long as the girl is thirteen years old, she can give consent for sex, provided it’s creative and enthusiastic.”
“Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.'” How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that “no” means “yes” if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren’t even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given.
See, that’s what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men. Why do you think permission every step of the way, clearly spelling out “why”… are all of these not lawsuits just waiting to happen if even one of these steps is not taken?”
Of course, as is to be expected, Rush’s quote is taken out of context by a partisan media that only cares about demonizing conservatives at all costs.
And, as they have proven time after time, they are damned good at it.
They have taken what is, in all honesty, a throw-away quote, something that could have easily been omitted from the discussion, and turned it into a fundraising tool, a weapon to make the Right seem crazy, and a rallying cry for a liberal base desperately lacking enthusiasm going into the 2014 election season.
And that sucks.
It sucks, because it’s hard to argue against “You guys, Rush Limbaugh is condoning RAPE!” even if you provide 17 different kinds of context and evidence to back up your case.
It sucks, because instead of talking about important issues that we would otherwise have the upper-hand on- like attacking that insidious statutory rape endorsement, or speaking out against regulations that allow witch hunts to ruin people’s lives- conservatives are faced with the Sisyphean task of trying to defend Rush’s “statement”.
And it sucks, because instead of making it hard for the Left to attack us, we inadvertently teed this one up for them.
And the Left never lets those opportunities go to waste.