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Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Abstract

Before the reckoning of Me Too and the Time's Up Movement, legislation was being passed trying to prevent the numbers of sexual assault on college campuses with the Yes Means Yes legislation. Yes Means Yes Legislation often received the critique that people would have to sign a contract before engaging in sexual activity. However, upon reflection, a part of why Yes Means Yes sounds so severe is the American public is bombarded with an idea of romance in Hollywood movies that are arguably non-consensual and could be viewed as illegal depending on the targeted audience. Below these messages are further explored what exactly the Yes Means Yes legislation means, a view of how movies reflect and influence the law, the messages romantic comedies are sending and finally a look to why Yes Means Yes legislation may lead to the best sex of your life.

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