Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. MiepR

    MiepR said, 3 days ago

    False rape accusations are rare, most rapes go unreported, most reported rapes go unpunished. You may think the law is over the top, but you’re still helping spread a misogynist meme here.

  2. Bob

    Bob said, 3 days ago


    thats what I was told growing up is to get it in writing from the woman

  3. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    You know, there is actually nothing either complex or even over-complicated about the concept: if it isn’t an enthusiastic consent, then don’t consider it a “yes.”

    A lot of people would be better off if they understood the basic principle of “if you’re not sure, then it isn’t a yes.” The problem is the ones which consider other people to be nothing other than warm meat, rather than actual people.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 3 days ago

    Totally missed the boat on this one, Ted.
    One in four women experience rape. Virtually all women experience some form of harassment. Too many people think that “no” is just being “hard to get.”
    It’s not a difficult concept. Ask the woman. If she says yes, it’s okay. IF NOT, IT ISN’T.
    What’s so hard about that?

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 3 days ago


    Or to at least never utter the phrase “Come on, baby, you know you want it!”

  6. jmdavies

    jmdavies GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    I’m with @motivemagus on this one. The problem is not that women are teases, playing “simon says”. The problem is treating women like property and sex like an entitlement. Why get so bothered by the idea that women have a say as well?

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 3 days ago

    There will soon be an app to address this problem.

  8. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 3 days ago

    The ‘one in four women experience rape’ is one of the many statistics we have about human sexual behaviour.

    Another one that has been proven over and over is that men have twice as much sex with women as women have sex with men, which is obviously unfair and we need to do something to address it.

  9. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago


    Short of murder, rape is the worst thing one human being can do to another. That said, false accusations are not so rare as to not be a legitimate concern: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/the_anatomy_of_false_accusations_a_skeptical_case_study/
    I think the law is funny, because it’s divorced from the reality of how people actually have sex. They go on visual and other cues about what is OK and what is not. Obviously communication is key, but imposing a legal requirement like this is unrealistic and therefore ridiculous.

  10. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago


    The “affirmative verbal consent” part is what’s ridiculous. Just as ridiculous as rapists who claim to have thought their victim “wanted it” when they really didn’t.

  11. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, 3 days ago

    Best Rall ever.

  12. John Locke

    John Locke said, 3 days ago

    This is the fascist mindset at its most transparent – attempting to regulate the most intimate of all human interactions. Next is breakfast table conversation. When will people learn? Utopia is not possible without complete totalitarian oversight!

  13. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, 2 days ago

    The pendulum has swung from “She was asking for it!” to “I had sex, but it was still RAPE!” Time to bring the pendulum back to center. Women should be able to report rape, but there is such as thing as due process. Not the court of public opinion or half ass college justice.

  14. Gregory Kruse

    Gregory Kruse GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    Women should insist upon a legal contract before dropping their drawers. Given today’s realities, they should be allowed to get contracts on an unlimited number of partners. Legal Zoom fees would be split 50/50.

  15. Anarcissie

    Anarcissie said, 2 days ago

    Actually, verbalizing every step of the way could be pretty sexy. Except for the tongue-tied — for them, certain tongue exercises could be prescribed.

    ‘Cat got your tongue?’ could have a new meaning.

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