In the wake the of Brock Turner rape case, people have started having serious discussions about the subject of how drinking impacts one’s ability to consent to sexual intercourse. In the Turner case, it was obvious that the victim could not consent, as she had passed out prior to the incident. But the question that needs to be answered once and for all is: can a person who is drunk – regardless of their state of consciousness – give their consent to sex? The consensus seems to be ‘no.’ However, I think many people are speaking with forked tongue on this matter. In other words, there seems to be a double standard here – one for men and another for women.
Let’s say a man and woman who were equally drunk have sex. The man could be charged with and convicted of rape. But how much sense does that make? If the woman was too drunk to give her consent, how then could the man, who was equally drink, be held accountable for his actions? Look at what we are saying here. A woman who is drunk cannot consent to sex, but a man who is drunk not only is capable of consenting to sex, but is also able to make the decision to rape? We can’t have it both ways. A drunk person can either consent to sex or they can’t. Pick one.
Oh, but some will argue that the difference in physiology between men and women that must be taken into account. Funny, though, most feminists and other women’s advocates will argue that physiology means nothing when it comes to just about anything else. Again, it sounds like some people are trying have their cake and eat it too. Some woman demand to be equal to men, except in cases where being unequal is to their benefit. As long as that attitude persists, the concept of equality between the sexes will carry an asterisk.