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A simple answer would be it is not possible to get informed consent at all for 2 reasons: Consent must be given at the time of the event, not some time before the event. This is especially important for sexual consent in our society. The person who consents should maintain the ability to revoke consent at any moment. Legal strategies described in other ...


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It resolves itself The user finds out, and wants people to truly want it. So they have sex only when they consent.


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Distance consent, safe proxies: I have a character in a story who's a teenaged uncontrolled telepath, and has a similar problem. Fortunately, he lives on an isolated island in a society that is highly virtual. He finds a psychic love interest who is immune to his charms, but loves him for himself. I think sex is the smallest of this character's problems. All ...


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As you said yourself, people with Asperger syndrome (AS) are not void of emotions. They are just not so good at identifying and expressing them. Although, there is a big question whether this 'not so good' relates to our social norms (which are arbitrary and way too often unnecessary) or innate inability to process emotions. People with AS are very much ...


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They don't want to become the world's worst serial rapist. They have a sex drive, but want their partners to consent to sexual activities. How can someone with this superpower ever hope to get informed consent? Obviously they cannot. They can't get consent because, when it counts, the partner isn't able to validly consent - they have no free will. But. This ...


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I notice none of the characters are gendered. Is the main character male or female or non binary? Was this intentional? I started writing a response using "He" but realised it isn't used. Every jurisdiction I'm familiar with stipulates that when consent is removed during a sexual act, and it doesn't cease, it is rape. Your character could never ...


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This is quite a disturbing topic. I hope nobody takes this personally. If the 'power' operates primarily on pheromone cues then in reality it's almost impossible for the target to realize that anything had happened unless the behavioral effect is contrary to a firmly held aversion to the act. Causing a dedicated pacifist to commit unprovoked violence against ...


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Telepresence robot proxies This person has a superpowered curse if they cannot control it. They simply cannot be in contact with other people. So they don't. They live in a Fortress of Solitude, and have robots to interact with others on their behalf. Someone dating this person will physically go on dates with the robot, which is being mentally controlled ...


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If the root of the problem is chemicals, the character might like to study chemistry and create some pheromone blocker. There may already be some on the market. Here's google for "pheromone blocker": https://www.urinefree.com.au/faq/do-pheromone-blockers-prevent-future-soiling Either a prevention of the creation of the pheromones on the character's ...


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Use an on line dating agency. Meet someone for the first time and take them out for dinner. Then say they have to go away for a few weeks and don't explain the situation. Call them back a month later. If they are still interested when that call takes place then I would say informed consent has happened at least as far as practical. To make certain on the ...


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First of all, I would place a single source for this superpower, either telepathy or pheromones but not both. Your character may be a powerful telepath unconsciously manipulating the minds of everyone around her. Or his power may be pheromon-based (even though your characters may think it to be telepathy). This is not as detailed language, but your character ...


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Look into the Orthodox Jewish tradition of Shidduch, which involves professional match makers who assist young adults in finding mates using such factors as character, status level, education and financial resources. You might also want to look at the Orthodox Jewish view of marriage (specifically in the area of Family Purity) for answers to the issues ...


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I hope (dare I hope?) you are writing a romantic comedy. This would not be about how the government's dating app would work but about how the wily foreigners game the system. You can have the government app match people semi randomly for reasons that seem appropriate for a government - family history of genetic diseases, or similar work history etc. The ...


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We already have informed consent apps Your superhero has a team of talented programmers in India — with the assistance of an international team of attorneys — build an informed consent app that can't be activated or used within whatever radius of his person (e.g., his own cell phone) is necessary to get people outside his influence. The app will gently ...


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Frame challenge: All consent is "in the moment" and influenced by circumstances. We all have moments in our lives that - seen with some distance especially in time - don't seem as terrible or as pleasurable anymore as they did in that moment. We all have moments where we did something we don't fully understand later, but in that moment seemed right....


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Here are the options I have (to make this easier to read I am referring to the protagonist as a he): Get Help From Other Super Powered Individuals Is the protagonist the only person in the world that has super powers? If not then he should focus on trying to find someone who can suppress other super powers much like Eraserhead from My Hero Academia or ...


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The character's entire life they've been taking away everyone's ability to consent to them. After a lifetime of having everyone submit to the character's will they will need to put themselves in a situation where they are at the mercy of everyone/someone else's. Only by removing their own will can they become aware of someone else's. Unfortunately any ...


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Answer Find some plausible way to locate a second character who can say NO! to your superpower. To quote the existing literature: Always two there are, no more no less. A master and an apprentice Some green froglike chap, not from around here, and not recently. That misses the "opposite" requirement while carrying the idea of exactly "two&...


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Simply phrase the question so that it is not in terms of yes or no. For example, you could say “I would like to do x, what would you like to do?”


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