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Ruth Coppinger TD held up a piece of underwear in the Dáil to raise the issue of how poorly female plaintiffs are treated in rape trials

The #MeToo movement has sparked a new dating trend: men are now asking their partners to record themselves giving consent ahead of intercourse. Sexy? Hardly. A defence against a possible rape charge? Not a chance

When it comes to having sex, giving one’s consent isn’t a simple matter. A person may give consent, but they also reserve their right to remove consent. And consent to one form of sex doesn’t mean consent to another. Just because your lady has endorsed the idea of having it off in the bedroom doesn’t mean she’s also keen to, say, take those activities to the hot tub in the garden, or that she’s overjoyed by the arrival of furry handcuffs you purchased over the internet for a bit of cheerful experimentation. Consent isn’t a tick-the-box-and-you’re-done affair. It’s a constant negotiation, much like a relationship itself.

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