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January 16, 2003

Free Reads -- Kathleen Parker

Friedrich --

Two teenagers are screwing. They're doing the coitus thing. Penetration has occurred. The end zone's in sight.

And the girl decides she's had enough. It's time to go home now. She announces this. It, er, takes the boy a minute and a half to give up. He's convicted of rape. And now the California Supreme Court has upheld the conviction. Columnist Kathleen Parker tells the story here.

Sample passage:

I am prepared to defend males against the sort of insanity that makes them criminals for not being able to read a girl's mind. Who exactly will bear witness to these "he said-she said" debacles? What words will suffice to mean "Stop," if "I need to get home" is enough to convict a boy of rape? What if she'd said, "Oh, gosh, I've got to buy cat food." Would that do? "Clearly my heart wasn't in it, Your Honor. He should have known I meant stop!"

And how quick is quick enough for the man to cease his foul play? A minute? Thirty seconds? The court didn't say.

So now teenaged boys are expected to have the self-control of, ahem, 50 year old men? Hmm, "self-control"... Or would it be more accurate to say "fading sex drive"?



posted by Michael at January 16, 2003


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