by Doctor Science
Bruce Fleming, an long-time English professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, thinks that It's impossible to teach young officers-in-training what's wrong with unwanted sex when even consensual sex is against the rules.. I don't know if this would really make enough difference at the academies, but it definitely echoes something I've long thought: Abstinence is part of rape culture.
"No Means No" only works when you have the option of saying "Yes".
Before the 70s or so, the, ah, "joke" was: "If a lady says 'No', she means 'Maybe'; if she says 'Maybe', she means 'Yes'; if she says 'Yes', she's no lady." You should note that there is no room in this traditional formula for a lady to say "No" and mean it. That, right there, is rape culture.
This is another reason I say I'm a mom against abstinence. "Abstinence" as it's usually taught (and enforced) means that you (especially where you=female) may never say "Yes", you must always say "No". But in human practice that means "No" has to do duty for both "No" and "Yes", and that trick *never* works.
I don't know if Fleming's proposal would make a significant improvement to the military's toxic sexual culture, which goes well beyond the academies. But it would be a start.