The authoritarian left is determined to control the lives of others as much as possible. One of the ways this is done is through absurd rules for personal relationships.
For example, students at the Urban School of San Francisco are currently being taught by the school’s Affirmative Consent Teacher, Shafia Zaloom, that they basically need to renew consent with their partner every couple of minutes. If they fail to do so, it’s possible that they could later be charged with sexual misconduct.
In one of Zaloom’s classes on the subject, 16-year-old Aidan Ryan, who was puzzled by what she was saying, reportedly asked, “what does that mean — you have to say ‘yes’ every 10 minutes?”
Shockingly, Zaloom replied, “Pretty much. It’s not a timing thing, but whoever initiates things to another level has to ask.” By saying this, Zaloom is essentially saying that the time to renew consent may vary depending on the context. According to her, what’s important is renewing consent every time things escalate, even if doing so feels awkward.
“What’s really important to know is that sex is not always super smooth,” added Zaloom, noting, “it can be awkward, and that’s actually normal and shows things are okay.”
Unfortunately, this type of sexual education, known as teaching children “yes means yes,” is not limited to the Urban School of San Francisco. This is because, back in 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law requiring all state high schools to teach their students about it before they graduate.
In defense of the bill before it was signed into law, its lead sponsor, Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the California State Senate speaker pro tempore, stated, “sexual violence has always thrived in the gray areas of the law. What we want to create is a standard of behavior, a paradigm shift as much as a legal shift. We’re no longer talking about the old paradigm of the victim being blamed for their own behavior.”
However, critics of the bill, like John F. Banzhaf III, a professor at George Washington University Law School, believe that the law hurts students more than it helps them. “There’s really no clear standard yet — what we have is a lot of ambiguity on how these standards really work in the court of law. The standard is not logical — nobody really works that way,” explained Banzhaf while speaking with reporters about the legislation.
“The problem with teaching this to high school students is that you are only going to sow more confusion,” he continued, noting, “they are getting mixed messages depending where they go afterward.”
On top of this, the legislation doesn’t even really protect the people it’s intended to protect. This is because, even if a person’s partner says “yes” repeatedly throughout the encounter, they could claim that, in hindsight, they felt pressured to do so and then subsequently accuse the person they were with of sexual misconduct.
Sadly, this isn’t the only absurd law recently passed by the left in California. Earlier this year, for instance, Gov. Brown signed SB 219 into law. The bill, otherwise known as known as the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights,” was written to help protect the elderly LGBT community from discrimination.
Specifically, the legislation “prohibits long-term care facilities from discriminating against people “on the basis of [their] actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status.”
Under the new law, healthcare facilities are now at risk of being punished with fines “as high as $1,000” and a “jail term of up to a year” for “denying admission to a long-term care facility, transferring or refusing to transfer a resident within a facility or to another facility, or discharging or evicting a resident from a facility [because of their gender identity].” They also could be punished for “willfully and repeatedly failing to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”
This means that someone could literally be fined and thrown in jail for simply refusing to call a biological man “she,” or a biological female “he.” Not only is this completely absurd, it’s also in violation of the First Amendment, which protects people from compelled speech.
The authoritarian left must not be allowed to continue controlling the lives of others. To stop this from happening, conservatives need to work together and do more to speak out against their absurd policies.