Women: Your body belongs to everybody but you

July 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

The answer is, of course, that it doesn’t. Not really. And not in the good way that you might think I’m going, what with the feminism and all. I mean just the opposite: it doesn’t make a difference. Cover your body completely, or go out naked into the streets; inhabiting a female body seems to be the exception to the old saw that possession is nine-tenths of the law.…

Because as women we knew what implied consent sounds like.

It sounds like “No.”

clipped from tigerbeatdown.com

Take, for example, your latest court-sanctioned reaffirmation that a woman’s body belongs to everyone but herself:

A jury on Thursday rejected a young woman’s claim that the producers of a “Girls Gone Wild” video damaged her reputation by showing her tank top being pulled down by another person in a Laclede’s Landing bar.

Lawyers on both sides argued the key issue was consent, with her side saying she absolutely refused to give it and the defense claiming she silently approved by taking part in the party
an 11-member majority decided that Doe had in effect consented by being in the bar and dancing for the photographer
Ah, yes, “implied consent.”
Certainly the fact that she could be heard saying “no,” on film, isn’t a defense.
When one is confronted by cases such as this
one wearily wonders if there is any way to be publicly female without giving implied consent to have something done to your body.
How in the hell can clothing or location or body movements override a direct refusal to consent?

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