Rules of en­gage­ment

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

I found Sarah Bar­mak’s ar­ti­cle on the nu­ances of con­sent (“Sex­ual Evo­lu­tion,” March) to be one of the most in­sight­ful pieces I have read on the #Metoo move­ment. As a baby boomer, I grew up at a time when the rules around dat­ing, sex­u­al­ity, and con­tra­cep­tion were rapidly chang­ing. Mar­riage and moth­er­hood took a back seat to ca­reers.

De­spite the free­doms women have gained in push­ing back against misog­y­nis­tic cul­ture, I’ve al­ways felt that some­thing valu­able has been for­got­ten along the way. While it’s hard to put into words, Bar­mak came very close with the no­tion of co­er­cion, or pres­sur­ing some­one into sex­ual acts. It is this male en­ti­tle­ment that still has to change.

Lor­rie Beauchamp

Laval, QC

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