Thursday, October 2, 2014

Good2Go App Purports to Protect Women From Having Questionable Sex With Strangers

Just what we needed, peeps! There’s a new app out there for slutty smartphone users.

As a general rule, I try to avoid using sexually-charged negative terms, but sometimes I gotta call a spade a spade, especially when there’s some alliteration to be had out of it.

I can’t resist alliteration, in the same way some people can’t resist hooking up with veritable strangers. In other words, I could have said no; I just didn’t want to.

That’s the fine line the Good2Go app seeks to clarify, by telling men whether the women they’re macking on are in the proper frame of mind to make bad decisions. Sandton Technologies, which is incidentally run by a female – can’t blame this idiot idea on insensitive men, ladies! – designed it to tackle the issue of rape, “miscommunication” and “regretted activities.”

Here’s how the ridiculous app works, according to Yahoo!: When you’ve decided to have questionable sex, “open the app and hand her your phone, which asks if she’s down. The person you want to sleep with will have the opportunity to choose from three options: No, Thanks; Yes, but… we need to talk; and I’m Good2Go. Romantic!

“If your partner does indeed choose the third option, then a new set of questions will pop up, asking her to rank her level of sobriety… The choices range from Sober to Pretty Wasted. And if she chooses the latter, the app warns that she ‘cannot consent,’ denying permission” to have sex.

How dumb is that?

Pretty dumb, according to Yahoo! writer Alyssa Bereznak, but not really because people should be using their brains instead of their hormones. Nope, it’s because the app isn’t detailed enough. “Good2Go doesn’t detail what exactly a person is consenting to – whether it be oral sex, sexual intercourse, or another sexual act.”

Bereznak goes on to describe one case where the woman consented to more traditional sex but was then choked, slapped and subjected to anal sex despite her protestations. Should the two have “selected Good2Go’s Yes, but… we need to talk option and then gone over the ground rules,” she writes. “... would the app’s record of consent – which can easily be pulled by authorities – have helped or hurt Sulkowicz’s case against her rapist?”

I’m not trying to be insensitive, but how about we get to know people before we agree to have sex with them? That’s not to say that rape can’t happen between good acquaintances, but taking the time to understand sexual partners before putting ourselves in sexual situations definitely cuts down the possibility of getting hurt.

If that sounds too harsh, get over it; it’s the truth… and can incidentally protect women from rape or even dealing with the aftermath of “regretted activities.” In which case, it seems well worth hurting a few feelings.

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