Editor’s note: A few things need to be corrected in this article. One is that extramarital sexual encounters should be illegal. And it would follow that marriage is the perfect high standard within which sexual encounters happen. Unless of course you are talking about the world’s standard for marriage. Ungodly marriages will yield ungodly fruit. But Christian marriages are a protection for and a provision of godly and edifying sexual encounters.
Amid all the discussion of the whole mess, a question remains: Why should consent as the standard for sexual behaviour succeed in minimizing harm when so many other standards, far more clear, have often failed?
Put differently, why are conservative sexual mores held in such disdain? In some places, CBC headquarters among them, the only thing less popular than non-consensual sex is the idea that sexual activity be reserved for marriage.
Pre-sexual revolution, consent came when you were prepared to commit for the long term, for life. In an era our grandparents knew (a.k.a. not so long ago) premarital and extramarital sex were viewed by common consensus as inappropriate, if not outright wrong.
Post-sexual revolution, consent is far easier to get. Yet today, arguably, we have more people hurting than ever before.
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