The Law: Rape and Consent

Feminists were rocked last week by a pair of "no-rape" rulings in London and New York. First came word that Britain's highest judges, the five-man Law Lords, had reviewed the convictions of four men who forced a woman to have intercourse. One of the men was the woman's husband and had suggested the idea to his three drinking buddies, warning that she was "kinky" and only "turned on" by struggling. The Lords asked themselves: Can "a man be said to have committed rape if he believed that the woman was consenting," no matter how unreasonable the belief? "I do not think...

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