Kerre McIvor: How is consensual sex worthy of a headline?

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Wed, 11 Mar 2020, 11:25AM
Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor. (Photo / Photosport)

Kerre McIvor: How is consensual sex worthy of a headline?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 11 Mar 2020, 11:25AM

Kerre McIvor is not impressed by the latest alleged scandal surrounding the NRL. 

Kiwis forward Corey Harawira-Naera and Bulldogs teammate Jayden Okunbor are alleged to have taken two girls, who they reportedly met at a school visit, back to their hotel rooms on a pre-season trip to Port Macquarie.

The NRL's issued the pair with show-cause notices.

Neither player is under criminal investigation and the females are over the age of consent. No complaint has been laid with the club by them or their families.

However the Bulldogs claim the pair have allegedly behaved in a way that breaches the NRL rules and the club's code of conduct.

Both have been stood down ahead of the competition opener against the Eels tomorrow night.

The story has still generated headlines and outrage, much to the chagrin of McIvor. 

"There are no reports of these schoolgirls being dragged by the hair, kicking and screaming, back to the hair. There are no reports of the players being unduly coerced by the players. So where's the scandal?"

While the girls are at school, McIvor says that the only fault appears to be that the players didn't meet team guidelines. 

"These girls are not victims. I wish the media, the community, the social media watchdogs, ready to shriek and take offence and blame and shame, would differentiate.  Not all women who choose to have sex with men are victims.  Stop infantalising women."

However, McIvor says that women cannot have their cake and eat it too - advocate for sexual freedom and choice, but then claim victimhood when women do that.