Should A Man Get Away with a “No Condom” Maneuver in the Morning?
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Long before AIDS and other awful STDs, when the only consequence of unprotected sex was getting pregnant, jerks the world over pulled the alleged “Assange” maneuver the morning after. With daybreak testosterone rising, a bedroomy guy who was given no choice but to wear a condom the night before, would roll over and make a “raincoat-free” move, as if all formalities had disappeared and he could kick his shoes off at the dinner table.
Now, at the close of 2010, Julian Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden after finding himself the center of a worldwide manhunt, then arrested by British authorities because two women he bedded in the same week swapped their unsafe sex stories and went to the police to demand he take a test for HIV.
The Guardian, one of the original Wikileak partners, has now leaked some of Assange’s Swedish police report. So in addition to publishing a quarter of a million cables from 250 American embassies worldwide the paper is now reporting how Assange’s revolutionary, possibly treasonous acts have certainly been good for his sex life. Okay, that news may not exactly stop the presses; preaching a passion for bringing world peace through radical acts has been an aphrodisiac throughout the ages.
It seems everyone is now dissecting Assange’s ego and the sex life that has grown exponentially with his Google pages. We’ve even learned Assange had the audacity to steal the girlfriend of a known American journalist. They apparently went outside during dinner at a restaurant, were seen holding hands and whispering, and she never returned to the hotel room she shared with her boyfriend. (Okay, so women can be jerks, too.)
But back to Assange’s police report excerpts. The Guardian reporter wrote that Julian Assange has “a fetish” for unsafe sex.
WHEN “NO” MEANS “NOT WITHOUT PROTECTION”
Basically, the fine nuances of Swedish law suggest that a man can now be criminally prosecuted for what was once just called being a jerk.
Reportedly both women involved in the case shared a bed with Assange as willing sex partners who insisted he use a condom, something they say he didn’t comply with some of the time.
Assange has publically addressed the “rape” charges against him, saying they’re unfounded. But so far has refused to discuss any specifics. When ABC’s Jim Scuitto asked Assanged on camera about his morning maneuver with one accuser who said he pried her legs open while she was still asleep, Assange took off his mic and walked away.
So politics aside, is Assange sexual behavior something more than reckless? Does it rise to the level of a criminal act? Clearly the stakes for unprotected sex are higher now that some STD’s like Herpes are incurable. Others are fatal. And it’s not just the deadly HIV that’s transmitted through body fluids, but the Hep C virus as well.
I, for one, am not certain why risking pregnancy or a non-fatal but life-changing STDs wasn’t enough of a consequence for women around the world to enjoy a legal recourse throughout the decades. Many, of course, have sought justice in civil courts by suing to prove paternity in child support cases, for instance. But given the serious health risks today, why shouldn’t it be a crime to violate a “no” when it’s established to mean “not without protection.”
BRINGING NEW MEANING TO “WIKILEAKS”
One of Assange’s accusers, female “W,” claims Mr. Wikileak reluctantly used a condom the first night, but it broke and she now thinks he broke it on purpose. It is a shame that 2010 might be remembered as the year that “Wikileaks” became a double entendre.
But the question remains: should we criminalize the pushy, seductive early morning acts of horny guys who still hate to use a condom.
If we do, how then do we hire enough law enforcement and prosecutors to round up the vast number of these “unsafe sex” offenders.
Hey, I have a better idea. In our new age of information, why not just start a registry — a website or blog where women can post, or leak the names of “unsafe sex” offenders and their stories. Yes, that is very manageable. Cable this: why not start by registering, er, commenting here?