Probably this didn't make the news in the States, but it's causing some buzz here: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014 ... tions.html And here's Ghomeshi's response: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/27 ... y-the-cbc/ It's a big deal because Ghomeshi is one of the faces of the CBC. He's one of the most recognizable people in the media in Canada, and his radio show is the flagship program for our national broadcaster. He was unceremoniously dropped over the weekend, along with everything that he touched. It's fixing to be a pretty messy legal situation, both on a personal front for Ghomeshi and as a corporate lawsuit against the CBC. It brings up a relevant question, though. Where is the line to consent, and how is it determined? As BDSM becomes less and less fringe, there runs a danger that one person thinks they've received consent and the other person feels they haven't given it. Unrelated to BDSM are the problems that occur on college campuses and with sports teams. You get a group of (often) inebriated young people together, and at the end of the day two different stories emerge. (Note: please understand I am fully excluding cases of rape in this discussion. Obviously if a person is attacked, that's a crime. I'm speaking now of a case where something consensual happened, but during the course of the encounter one party felt like their limits were violated). As a society, how should we deal with consent amongst adults? Buzzfeed had an interesting article about it: http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/30-h ... ut-consent And they also had an article about "More than Yes" http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/sure-is-no ... tudent-cam My problem with this one is that it doesn't do anything if both parties are too drunk to notice nuance or think clearly. Focus: Thoughts on what's going on with Ghomeshi and the CBC. Alt. Focus: Thoughts on how to effectively communicate and receive consent, especially in a situation where young adults or alcohol are involved.