TEA Party Republicans are none too pleased about a bill proposed in California that would acknowledge that women aren’t consenting to have sex with you just simply by being alive and of a legal age. Senate Bill 967, the Student Safety from Sexual Assault bill ,would mean that silence or not protesting enough is no longer considered sexual consent on public college campuses. It would mean women aren’t consenting to having sex with you by not saying no, rather they consent by saying yes. The bill also requires colleges to implement comprehensive prevention programs addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Most men want to have sex with women who want them back and would welcome rape and domestic violence prevention programs on campus. But that didn’t stop TEA Party Republican Mike Miller from rushing to his Facebook page to express his outrage over the bill this week. Miller also posted this article, which grossly distorts the purpose of the bill. He calls the proposal an unwanted intrusion and “control” over “what happens in the bedroom.”
GOP candidate for legislature Joe Dooling of East Helena couldn’t resist joining in. He responded that consensual sex “might be a bit of a ‘mood’ killer.” To be sure, it could be that it is the domestic violence prevention programs that Dooling is calling a “‘mood’ killer.” Dooling doesn’t specify. Here’s the screenshot: Miller tweeted his shock at the proposal too, screenshot here. He’s claiming to be upset that the law would be “tough to enforce” while omitting that when women are considered to automatically consent to sex at any time, rape laws are tough to enforce. The feminist blog Sasha Said writes:
The [current] law presumes women old enough to legally have sex to exist in a state of perpetual consent. Unless you are able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt–a very high standard–that you did not consent to sex, the law assumes that whatever dude came along and forced himself on you had the right to do so.
The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has called for Miller to be removed from the ballot for political practice violations. Dooling will face the popular former democratic candidate and former state Rep. Jill Cohenour in the November.