Vera Baird deals with the idiocy of men pronouncing on what they think is and isn’t rape, particularly in defence of Julian Assange:
“Sleeping people cannot consent and what reasonable person could think that they can?
What has been discussed is some presumption of ongoing consent from earlier consensual sex but that is untenable since nobody can tell from a sleeping person whether they do or do not want to repeat the experience.
None of this affects the consensual nature of the earlier sex. “
Wonderful reasoning, but I doubt that will convince the army of apologists and misogynists that excuse Assange’s conduct.
Not forgetting Ellie Cumbo On Brendan O’Neill’s Gallowayism contribution.