In this paper, I aim to show that consent is a necessary component to sexual encounters in order to prevent the harm and wrong of rape. I outline necessary and sufficient conditions of consent and apply them to various situations that may have more contention about how consent would, or could not, be present in them. I assert that consent is the responsibility of the initiator, and person in power, in the sexual encounter and should be assured to be present by verbal communication.

I assert that rape is wrong and harmful, and it is the responsibility of the person with more relative power in a sexual encounter to avoid rape. Rape’s harm can be separated into core harms, which are experienced in all rapes and aggravating harms, which are experienced in some rapes based on the specific circumstances.

Finally, I discuss the aggravating harms experienced by women who are raped by men. This harm is gender specific because of the hegemonic patriarchal society that all people navigate. Under this society, women are consistently sexually objectified, and sexual objectification is a threat of rape. When that rape is actually made present, women have specialized harms because of the previous existing threat and future threats.


Hustwit, Ronald




Feminist Philosophy


consent, rape, harm, hurt, ethics, sex ethics, sex, gender, feminist, patriarchy, wrong

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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