Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 6 (4):Article 4 (2020)

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Jonathan Ichikawa
University of British Columbia
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I argue that “consent” language presupposes that the contemplated action is or would be at someone else’s behest. When one does something for another reason—for example, when one elects independently to do something, or when one accepts an invitation to do something—it is linguistically inappropriate to describe the actor as “consenting” to it; but it is also inappropriate to describe them as “not consenting” to it. A consequence of this idea is that “consent” is poorly suited to play its canonical central role in contemporary sexual ethics. But this does not mean that nonconsensual sex can be morally permissible. Consent language, I’ll suggest, carries the conventional presupposition that that which is or might be consented to is at someone else’s behest. One implication will be a new kind of support for feminist critiques of consent theory in sexual ethics.
Keywords consent  presupposition  sexual ethics  rape culture  philosophy of language  feminist  sex
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DOI 10.5206/fpq/2020.4.8302
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