Fun Relationship Surprises Don't Include Forced Sodomy

An anonymous woman at Metafilter needs some advice: What should she do about the boyfriend of two years who decided to surprise her mid-back massage with a peen rammed up her butt?

She writes:

He suggested we shower together, and I agreed. In the bathroom, he offered to give me a back massage with lotion. I knelt down, and he began massaging me. Before I know it, I feel his erect cock in the vicinity of my ass. Previously, as in several months ago, we discussed the fact that neither of us is interested in pursuing any anal play. As I feel his penis there, I forcefully say "No," but before I can finish he ends up shoving himself into my ass with no preparation. I screamed in pain, and he immediately stopped and began apologizing profusely. He said that he didn't know anything about anal, as in needing to be prepped, lube, etc. I was sobbing and bleeding, and we took a shower together so I could calm down.

So a man, with no preparation and little foreplay, in violation of a discussion in which she deliberately withheld consent for the act, penetrated her with enough speed and force to cause her to bleed. His explanation?

He said that he knows I am open to new things, and he wanted to surprise me.

Why, I always call forced sexual acts "a surprise." Don't you?

By her account, he begged her not to dump him, as apparently she didn't make him beg for his clothes back from outside the hotel room door while waiting for the police to arrive. And, naturally, she's not sure what to do.

Well, I'm not going to say I've never been pressured to, um, pop my anal cherry by a dude, but I will say the mere act of trying to pressure me into doing it caused a pretty permanent rift in our relationship. I will say that, without a doubt, the anal-obsessed douche always tried loitering back there more than once in a pretty obvious attempt to encourage me to relax, let him try it, see if I was paying attention. And, pretty much, I always was, and I visibly stiffened the hell up and lost my desire to mess around. I've had some pretty drunken sexual encounters with dudes during which, in the drunken fumbling in the dark, things momentarily ended up misaligned and not one of them — or me — was ever in any doubt about the fact that something was outside a part of me that was not my vagina (MetaFilter comments aside).

The thing about it is that he set the whole thing up. The shower, the back massage on her knees (one assumes hands and knees) from which she couldn't easily get away, the plan to "surprise" her by forcibly penetrating her anus without discussion, anal foreplay or any preparation... he planned a date rape. Period. If, say, they had been in a relationship without vaginal penetration and he had decided to take matters into his own hands by initiating their first vaginal sexual encounter without her permission, there would be no doubt in anyone's mind that she had been raped, including, likely, hers. But because she had consented to a prior sexual relationship, because she perhaps thought that acquiescing to the back massage was consenting to foreplay for a forthcoming sexual encounter, because he is her boyfriend, she's confused as to what happened to her.

As the book says, yes means yes. In this case, she not only didn't say yes, she wasn't given the opportunity to say no (or, technically, to say no a second time). Sexual access to part of a woman's body doesn't mean access to all of it. When I kiss a man, I am not giving him permission to handle my breasts. When I consent to a man handling my breasts, I am not consenting to him fondling my genitals. If I choose to perform oral sex, I am not consenting to vaginal or anal penetration. Consenting to cunnilingus does not mean I have consented to perform fellatio or to engage in penetrative intercourse. And consenting to vaginal intercourse does not mean that there has been consent given to engage in anal penetration. This woman's boyfriend knew this, and knew the answer was "no" and the lack of consent engendered his attempt to "surprise" her, in the apparent hopes that his forcible sodomy would result in consent-after-the-fact or, at least, that his girlfriend wouldn't realize that he raped her. Here's hoping that she does, and that she gets out.

Anal Sex, Not So Great Actually... [MetaFilter]

Related: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape

Earlier: The Really Unmentionable: A Back-Door Banging Primer & Poll