Mackenzie Phillips Is Taking Back The Word “Consensual”

February 3, 2010 / Posted by:

When Mackenzie Phillips wrote about her incestuous relationship with her father John Phillips, she used the word “consensual.” This made victims of incest and others send Mackenzie a gift certificate for more therapy, because they believe that incest can never be consensual due to the power a parent has over a child. And because there’s nothing sensual about incest. Sorry.

On last night’s Joy Behar Show, Mackenzie said that she is taking the word “consensual” back and throwing it in the trash, because she now feels it’s not the right word to use when describing the sexual relationship she had with her father.

Mackenzie said: “I’d like to reframe my word, ‘consensual.’ As I was writing the book, I thought, this word, it kept sitting wrong with me, but I used it for lack of a better word, and since then I’ve been schooled by thousands of incest survivors all across the world that there really is no such thing as consensual incest due to the inherent power a parent has over a child. So, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a consensual relationship at this time.”

Mackenzie should’ve left the “at this time” out of it, but she’s getting there.

And any post about incest needs something for you to flush the bad images out of your head with. So here you go….unless ferrets make your skin weep. If that’s the case, don’t hit play.

ferret stuff via Cute Overload

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