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TRIGGER WARNING: This story sickens me. But can we please have some perspective on who to blame?

I repeat a VERY STRONG TRIGGER WARNING if you’re clicking through. If you’re not, there’s a summary after the jump, and I repeat the TRIGGER WARNING.

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Mary O’Hara asks if a comedian who groped a woman onstage was crossing the line. She discusses some of the online conversation that followed the event, and she seems to think that it’s clear it’s not. Which is good. I’m with her on that.

However. I find this interesting:

But like Knight, I wonder if members of the audience – or Stewart Lee, the comedian who hosted the event – should have intervened. The young woman had seemed to go on stage of her on volition, but had no reason to suspect she would be pinned to the floor and groped. I did shout “get him fucking off you”, but obviously not loud enough. [my emphasis]

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For various reasons, I’ve been thinking about rape lately; about the specifics of what rape is, what needs to be proved in order to obtain a conviction, and how other parts of the law have had to be tortured in order to make up for law-makers’ (both judges and legislators) blind spots about what rape and sex are.

There are a couple of things that really bug me. One is related to our culture’s obsession with penis-in-vagina (PIV) sex, and how that’s the only sex which is really sex. In some ways, that should come first, but I’m going to leave it until later. Twisty’s recent post and a couple of cases I’ve been reading lately have really got me thinking about consent, so I need to have a bit of a rant about it.

First, I’ve got to admit that what I’m about to say has a fairly strong basis in Amanda’s comments about real consent. But that comes a bit later.

Cut for possible triggers…

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