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On the Difficulty of Saying No

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Irish Times writer Kathryn Holmquist has some rotten sex advice for girls: sometimes it's “too late to say no.” Holmquist tells girls that by having one too many drinks, kissing too deeply, or stepping into a man's car, they begin to surrender their right to deny sex. Holmquist's premise—that respecting "no" depends on the circumstance—is offensive. But it raises a more advanced question: Why are women required to say “no” in the first place?

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