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California's 'yes means yes' sexual standard has liberals divided
California's 'yes means yes' sexual standard has liberals divided

California has always been a laboratory for liberal thought. Now one of the state's latest experiments is dividing top liberal thinkers. In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law mandating California universities that receive public funding to require students to get "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." Writers have called this the "yes means yes" standard, in which consent for sex has to be explicit. "Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent," the law says. So what's the big deal? Consider it a clash between those who believe the law is too intrusive and...

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