PHIL 140 3rd MIDTERM - PHIL 140 Professor Gideon Yaffe TA...

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PHIL 140 Professor Gideon Yaffe TA: Eduardo Villanueva Possible Objections to the Non-Autonomous Aspect of the Antioch Sexual Offense Policy The issue of consent becomes very critical when dealing with rape . One’s definition of consent can vary, for example, whether verbal consent is the only grounds that one could perform a sexual act upon another or if nonverbal consent can constitute giving permission as well . In this essay we shall examine a set of rules created by Antioch College titled the “Antioch Sexual Offense Policy” which basically outlines what defines consent in sexual acts and how consent must be maintained throughout the interactions between two people . Philosopher Alan Soble will also offer his criticisms toward the Antioch Sexual Offense Policy, essentially stating that the policy does not respect the autonomy of women, or does not give women enough independence when dealing with consent and sexual interactions . I will also try to provide counter-arguments for Soble’s criticisms and see if any can stand up to those criticisms . The Antioch Sexual Offense Policy tries to deal with the ambiguity of consent to prevent cases like rape . The first few of these rules basically states that in order for there to be consent in a sexual act, it must be “obtained verbally” before any conduct . To address the possibility that one might not know how much that consent warrants in terms of permissible sexual acts, another rule states that consent is an “on-going process” and that if the “level of sexual intimacy increases,” the people involved must express their clear “verbal consent” (243) before moving to that higher level . Again to remove any ambiguity, the policy includes that the “request for consent” has to be specific to each act . Also, just because a person has committed a certain sexual act with another or reached a certain level of sexual intimacy, permission is still required
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for that same sexual act . The last two points state that if one person stops consenting, the other must comply and that no person in a sexual act can make assumptions on consent . In short, consent must be asked every time, all the time, for every single possible act . Personally this policy seems very impractical as most people would not bother to ask for consent every step of the way in sexual interaction, but impracticalities aside, Soble focuses on the lack of autonomy of women in the Antioch Sexual Offense Policy
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