California Extends Bureaucratic Control in the Bedroom

Remember when liberals used to bark about wanting government out of the bedroom? Now that they are consolidating total control of government, they don’t want it out of anywhere:

The California state senate unanimously approved a bill … that defines when “yes” means “yes” to sex.

Instead of “no means no” – the phrase commonly associated with sexual assault prevention – the law would require “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” by each party to engage in sexual activity. If Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the bill into law – he has until the end of September – colleges and universities would have to adopt the so-called affirmative consent standard to continue receiving state funds for student financial aid.

Yet again we see that anyone who takes a penny of other people’s money from Big Government is beholden to Big Government. There is no free lunch.

Under the proposed standard, the fact that a person didn’t say “no” is no defense in a campus sexual assault investigation.

In addition to consenting up front, the bill requires affirmative consent to be “ongoing throughout the sexual activity,” meaning that sexual partners must agree to each step of a sexual encounter as it progresses and consent can be revoked at any time. The standard would apply to all sexual encounters regardless of whether the parties are having a one-night stand or are in a long-term relationship.

From across the country, the powerful New York Times has been egging on Governor Moonbeam to sign SB-967, which I’m sure he will, although as CNN points out,

Even if Brown vetoes the legislation, consent will still be defined on the University of California’s 10 campuses as an “affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.”

The protocol for establishing this decision must be followed in accordance with official regulations. To prove that these regulations have been properly complied with will require videotaping all sexual encounters. How romantic.

Can we call it totalitarianism yet?

On a tip from 762×51. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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