I Must Have Everyone's Verbal Response

This policy at Antioch College, which apparently will soon close its doors due to low enrollment, sounds like the speech I get when I sit in an exit row:

  • Consent is required each and every time there is sexual activity.
  • All parties must have a clear and accurate understanding of the sexual activity.
  • The person(s) who initiate(s) the sexual activity is responsible for asking for consent.
  • The person(s) who are asked are responsible for verbally responding.
  • Each new level of sexual activity requires consent.
  • Use
    of agreed upon forms of communication such as gestures or safe words is
    acceptable, but must be discussed and verbally agreed to by all parties
    before sexual activity occurs.
  • Consent is required
    regardless of the parties' relationship, prior sexual history, or
    current activity (e.g. grinding on the dance floor is not consent for
    further sexual activity).
  • At any and all times when consent is withdrawn or not verbally agreed to, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
  • Silence is not consent.
  • Body movements and non-verbal responses such as moans are not consent.
  • A person can not give consent while sleeping.
  • All
    parties must have unimpaired judgement (examples that may cause
    impairment include but are not limited to alcohol, drugs, mental health
    conditions, physical health conditions).
  • All parties must use safer sex practices.
  • All
    parties must disclose personal risk factors and any known STIs.
    Individuals are responsible for maintaining awareness of their sexual

I don't know much about Antioch, despite the fact that I think my mother and father-in-law both attended (are there more than one?).  I will observe that for a private institution nowadays with decent name recognition, it really takes some effort to drive away all the students.  Today, good-but-not-Ivy-League schools like Rice and Vanderbilt get nearly as many great applicants as Ivy League schools did when I attended.  The US is virtually swamped with top-notch kids looking for a private university with a good rep.


  1. dearieme:

    "All parties must use safer sex practices." What, each time? Safer and safer and safer? Is there any limit to how safe you can get?

    (P.S. Are these people demented? Can't they remember what it's like to be... well, human?)

  2. Josh:

    The best part of policies like these is that they're basically saying that drinking alcohol absolves you of responsibility.

    'Sure, she says I raped her, but in fact, since I was drunk and could not therefore give consent, it was her that raped me!'

  3. Bob Smith:

    Sure, she says I raped her, but in fact, since I was drunk and could not therefore give consent, it was her that raped me!

    Alcohol serves to absolve responsibility for the woman, but not the man. Alcohol serves to cancel consent for the woman, but not the man. Not once have I ever seen the reverse.

  4. Craig:

    I remember this being a big story some years back. It was spoofed on SNL. I couldn't find the clip on Youtube, but I think Shannon Doherty was in it.

  5. M. Hodak:

    That glumbert video was awesome. I remember seeing it a while back. Article 20...very funny.