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02 March 2012

Webcast Video: Consent in Sex

By Diana Hsieh

In Sunday's Philosophy in Action Webcast, I discussed consent in sex. The question was:

What constitutes consent in sex? Can a person give tacit consent by his or her actions? Is explicit consent required for some sex acts? Once consent has been given, when and how can a person withdraw that consent? Does the legal perspective on these questions differ from the moral perspective?
My answer, in brief:
To consent to sex requires communicating a willingness engaging in the act, whether by word or deed. Consent can be withdrawn at any point, and for the other person to ignore that constitutes sexual assault.
Here's the video of my full answer:
Warning: This video is loooong at 42 minutes. (It's a new record for me!)

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