Letter: There is only one rule in the sex game, and that's consent

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The Independent Online
WHAT QUAINTLY Victorian notions Geoffrey Wheatcroft has about rape. May I suggest that if the application of archaic property rights ('every girl is another chap's sister') is proving inadequate to today's minefield of social etiquette, or merely too difficult to remember unless you are a Boy Scout, that he update his ideas. The issue of consent is really very simple.

It is only bewildering for columnists who deliberately choose to obfuscate, by reiterating the myth that women take every jerk they wake up with to court, to protect our equally mythical virginity. To lessen any further confusion on the subject, sexual activity is not synonymous with sexual availability, a tricky notion for an old-fashioned man to grasp.

Jacky Fleming

Leeds

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