Over at Dalrock’s, Deti comments
Yes Means Yes and “affirmative consent” are endemic of our society’s current schizophrenia regarding sex. At bottom, it is all about power, and redistributing power to women in sex and relationships.
It is plain, raw, redistribution of sexual (and therefore social and relational) power. Because the power to decide who gets sex, and the importance level to be assigned to sex, in large part determines whether relationships happen and, once made, the course of the relationship. The point is to leave the man completely and totally powerless over his relationships, and ultimately, over himself in a relationship.
Yes, it is about power. The power grab has seemingly worked for fifty years. Men still work and get married. It is clearly time for the next step. And an awkward step it is.
Unmarried women have wanted power in relationships for two primary reasons
I. To more easily eliminate the men that they are not interested in.
II. To use their power to capture, control and keep men that they are interested in.
It is all about hypergamy, that is, the strong desire of women for only what they consider to be the top men. Probably women do not realize that they are engaging in hypergamous behavior. Furthermore, these desires blind them to the possible impacts of this next step.
The fact that consent forms exist is going to make men think. This is not what these women want to do. They will remind men that rape charges are a possibility at the precise time that women have the most manipulative control capability. There will be lots of seeds of doubt planted. If on one occasion, a consent form is not signed, the man might later worry double about the encounter; consequently changing future behavior.
In short, consent forms have the potential to really mess with the heads of many of the men that women desire. Stories of encounters gone wrong will get around, with men being reminded of them every time that a consent form is or isn’t signed. This will affect behavior around the margins for men (who knows, maybe 10% extra will shy away). This marginal change will dramatically impact the market.
One wonders if women’s quest for relationship power has hit a limit, and is headed down a negative slope.