There were a lot of articles around the web this week regarding how and when someone can consent to sex as a result of the Rolling Stone UVA rape article.
The College Rape Overcorrection
My first week this link is a piece from Emily Yoffe on Slate about some of the ways sexual assault on campuses is being combatted. Her argument, which I basically agree with, is that in the interest of stamping out assault, due process has been almost completely ignored. Some of the stories she shares are terrifying, both for falsely accused men and for legitimately victimized women. I don't think there's a good solution - victims need to be protected, as do the accused - but this article shares a different side of the debate that's often ignored.
Can a wife with dementia say "yes"?
Bloomberg published something on the other end of the sexual spectrum: issues of consent for seniors in nursing homes and suffering from mental illness. I've seen a few pieces about this issue before, primarily in the context of how unprepared retirement facilities are to handle it. The particular case here does not seem so murky, but it's a microcosm of an overall challenge that, like the issue above, doesn't seem to have a clear-cut solution.
And now, on to my (seemingly) weekly bashing of Comcast and Roger Goodell!
How on earth is Roger Goodell still the commissioner of the NFL?
I don't know, Matt. I really don't.
Blows against the Empire
The Comcast-Time Warner merger has been a terrible thing for the country from the moment it was conceived (although, a great thing for David Cohen!). Medium has a great look at the power Comcast already wields, and the terrifying control it would gain if the Time Warner merger is consummated. There's things about this deal that all sides should hate, from conservatives seeking to preserve an open market and innovation to the liberals who are opposed to a major corporation squeezing Americans of all income ranges to enrich themselves. Not only does this merger need to be stopped, but Comcast itself needs to go the way of the Bell system.