Consent is not a matter which preys on the mind of our kind much at all. This is driven by the following factors: –

  1. Our sense of entitlement. We do as we please, how we please, when we please and with whom we please. We are access all areas;
  2. Our inability to recognise and respect boundaries. This links with our sense of entitlement whereby nobody is off limits to us. Somebody is in a relationship? So what, they are fair game to us. That seat is taken. Yes, it is, by us. That drink was meant for somebody else? Tough. We invade personal space, take things which are not ours, commandeer other people’s resources and act as if we own the place because in our minds, we do.
  3. You are part of us. You are subsumed within us, attached to us and since you are a part of us, why on earth do we need to ask ourselves for permission to do something? That is nonsensical from our perspective.
  4. We are unaccountable. Even if we actually thought that we might need consent it does not matter because the consequence arising from failing to obtain consent to do something will not apply to us. We are able to escape blame, evade liability and shirk culpability.
  5. Our sense of superiority. Consent is a chain. It restricts and hinders. We are the behemoth that strides ever forward and as such consent does not apply to a titan like us. Consent is what the little people have to obtained.

This attitude to consent means that we behave like a marauding invader. Everything is up for grabs. How might this manifest?

With the Lesser it is blatant and obvious. He will tell you that he is moving in with you and turn up with his suitcase and guitar (with broken string) and smile as he breezes past you into the house. Your resources are taken – money, food, energy – without any explanation offered. Your friends are seized either to be shoved to one aside and told what the Lesser really thinks of them, or flirted with and identified for triangulation potential. The Lesser will invite him round without asking, use your car without checking first (and not replace the petrol that is used). He will readily incur credit on your behalf. If you challenge him about this failure to seek and obtain consent all he will hear is that you are criticising him. He will rarely bother to even think of an excuse for his actions. He does not need to explain himself to you. If he does decide to respond the explanation is usually obviously incredible but this does not matter to him because he can do as he pleases and you need to get with the program.

“We share everything in this house.”

“What’s yours is mine.”

“I can’t believe you are making such a fuss.”

“No I didn’t use it.”

“It wasn’t me.”

“Somebody else must have taken it.”

He can do this because he is who he is and you had better quit you complaining out you will get what is coming to you and then some. Your person fairs no better. You will be groped in public, he will get up in your face during arguments, assault you, rape you, expect you to look the way he wants you too without any consideration for whether you wanted his name tattooed on your neck or whether short hair actually suits you. He is entitled. Full stop.

The Mid-Range is less brutish and obvious in his sequestrating behaviour but is no less invasive. Where he differs from the Lesser is that he has enough control not to fly off the handle when challenged about the fact that he used the housekeeping for beer or used up all the hot water without putting the immersion heater on. Instead, the Mid-Range will offer an explanation, even an apology (although it is not meant) in order to ensure that consent is retrospectively given.

“I thought I had already asked you.”

“I am sorry, I wasn’t thinking. I will remember next time.”

“It was an emergency and I did not have time. Don’t be angry with me.”

“I will replace it tomorrow (that won’t happen) let’s not fall out now, I have something good to tell you.”

“I meant to get another one, I just plain forgot because I was busy running around after you.”

“I was hungry; you don’t begrudge me having something to eat do you?”

The Mid-Range will con you into granting consent so that he can file this away and use it for next time.

“But you didn’t mind last time.”

“Last time you said it was okay.”

“You said nothing when I did it last time, so how am I to know you don’t agree now? I am not a mind-reader.”

The Mid-Range will especially engage in making you feel sorry for him so you grant the consent retrospectively, he will make you feel guilty for objecting and make you seem like a spoilsport if you do not go along with what he wants.

What about the Greater? As you would expect there is none of the out and out grabbing of the Lesser as the Greater finds such behaviour vulgar. Nor would he engage in the pitiful mewling of the Mid-Range, that is ignoble and beneath the Greater. Of course the Greater has just as great, if not greater expectations that he can do as he pleases however his increased cognitive ability and awareness means that if need be, he will just plough on regardless and do as he pleases but he recognises the value in actually obtaining consent. Indeed, the extraction of this consent from a seemingly unwilling victim is a challenge the Greater relishes as it draws fuel, underlines his power and emphasises his superiority. You can expect the Greater to use emotional blackmail, bribery and coercion to extract the consent.

“If you agree to do it, I will take you somewhere good for dinner.”

“If you don’t do it, I will leave you.”

“If you refuse I just might have to publish those pictures I have of you.”

“I never thought of your as boring, everybody else does it you know?”

“My ex would do it without question. Maybe I made a mistake leaving her for you?”

The Greater applies pressure, immense pressure in order to extract this consent so that the reality is that consent was never properly given, but that is not going to stop the Greater. Once you nod, say you agree, mutter “okay then”, consent has been delivered and he will plough on with whatever it is that he wants to do. Do not think you can change your mind. In the world of the Greater, you cannot withdraw consent once given and it holds good for the rest of the relationship. It is not applicable as a one off.

The Greater also will apply plausible deniability to any situation where consent becomes an issue, so that if he is challenged by a third party with regard to the issue of consent, for example, taking somebody’s vehicle or using their money, he will use a combination of charm and out and out lies in order to damage the victim’s version of events and make it appear that consent was provided. The scheming intelligence of the Greater combined with the traits mentioned at the outset of this piece enable him to behave with impunity with regard to the issue of consent.

5 thoughts on “Consent

  1. jessrnny says:

    We have a story breaking all over FB that a rapper named TI publically and proudly announced that he takes his teen daughter to the gyno to have her hymen checked every year… 🧐Needs to verify her virginity…. He has a sexually active teen son. Raps about bitches and hoes….but his daughter will be cut off if she has sex? Clearly a low functioning narcissistic abuser.

    Would love to see the Tudorscope on RKelly and these loud and proud overbearing rapper “Dads.”

    1. Violetta says:

      And then there are those virginity promise rings where girls are supposed to promise their dads. Could they be any more Freudian? Ewww.

  2. Liza says:

    HaHa! he was a genius in making me feel guilty, he even guilted me into loving him.
    one morning he decided that he will sit with me, and from that point he was siting with me evryday and in evry class, but i thought he was still with my predecessor so i didn’t read too much in it. our conversations were not romantic, we exchanged memes, discussed school and mangas that it, but he quickly switched to becom possessive, he told be about the girl i thought he was still with and that she broke his heart a year ago, and started to show that we were not just friends.
    and then i felt traped, if i say no i would be cruel, he was always staring at for the past 2 years , it felt like i knew he liked me and i let him think it was reciprocal, plus he told me how it hurted him to be let down by his ex, and i felt horrified by the idea of doing the same thing to him, plus all our clasemates interfered telling me how we are a good match and all, i felt like i had to be acountable to all of them if i ruined it.
    honnestly loving him is not dificult he is verry inteligent, very handsom and at the moment he was treating me very well, my main problem at the moment was that i simply did not want to be in a relationship, i have proffetional goals and i had no intention of being hindred by a man, plus he was already discussing how our children will look like, i felt suffocated, due to my condition i knew that i will most likely not be able to have children, but i was not confortable explaning this to him after knowing him for only 4 months and in the same time, if i say nothing i was feeling guilty letting him hope.
    i’m not blaming the circomstances or anithing i know that no body pulled a gun to my tample telling me to love him, i’m just observing how good they can be at making situations play to their advantage.

    1. Susan says:

      Liza, I recognize your vulnerability as well as your awareness in your interesting story describing manipulative behavior. It seems you kept your emotional thinking in check in the end and dodged a bullet. Good job.

      1. Liza says:

        thank you Susan, but i was blinde for 8 months, the only reason it endend was because of his inability to keep his jealousy under control, and he enventualy endend up doing an unforgivable mistake.

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