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Imran Hossain PHIL 140 Exam 3 Alan Soble, one of the leading philosophers on the issue of human sexuality, contends that Antioch College’s “Sexual Offense Prevention Policy” (SOPP) trivializes the autonomy of women. Antioch’s SOPP requires that ‘consent’ be acquired each and every time before sexual activity. Consent, as defined by the Antioch policy, is the act of willingly and verbally agreeing to engage in specific sexual conduct. The main provisions of the SOPP are these: (1) Consent is required each and every time there is sexual activity; (2) If sexual contact and/or conduct is not mutually and simultaneously initiated, then the person(s) who initiate(s) the sexual activity is responsible for asking for consent; (3) The person(s) who are asked are responsible for verbally responding; (4) Each new level of sexual activity requires consent; (5) Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship, prior sexual history, or current activity; (6) At any and all times when consent is withdrawn or not verbally agreed to, the sexual activity must stop immediately; (7) Body movements and non-verbal responses such as moans are not consent. Soble contends that this policy does not respect a woman’s decision making abilities. Let us examine this issue on more concrete terms. Let’s say the situation involves a young man and a young woman in college, say around 19-20 years old, conversating with each other at a party. The two begin to hit it off and go to the dance floor. After dancing and
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