Rules of engagement
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.