Evolving a Consent-Based Sexual Encounter
John-Okoria Ibhakewanlan, PhD
Recently, the news media have been saturated with reports of sexual assault of women by men of high social status. In this article, the author examines sexual assault from a socio-psychological perspective. The piece also draws upon evolution, by looking at animal behaviour, so as to re-examine how men may have evolved psychological mechanisms that compel them to sexually dominate women. Of particular concern is the mating game apparently inherited from the lower animals. The article questions the persistence in modern society of such primitive attitude towards sexual relationship between men and women. Finally, it calls for further discussion and research enquiry about the human socialization process as a way of deconstructing the primitive mating game.
Keywords: Sex, the sexes, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, rape, sex in animals, evolution, the mating game, gender, socialization.
 The author holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of London. He has a doctorate in education from Nottingham University, where he also served as assistant editor in the Visiting Scholars series of jubilee Press. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was for five years the president of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja. He was recently the Presidential Scholar at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He is currently the Principal of Hekima University College in Nairobi – Kenya.