On the day the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to recommend a man credibly accused of sexual assault for a seat on the nation’s highest court, five consent monitors, better known as “consenticorns”, convened on the outdoor patio of House of Yes, a Brooklyn club co-founded by millennial nightlife impresarios Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke.
On the agenda: a quick refresher on their duties for the evening. It was 10:30 p.m., Friday, and the club’s monthly erotic dance party, the House of Love, was about to begin.
As the meeting kicked off, a bag was passed around containing light-up garlanded headpieces shaped like unicorn horns, one for each volunteer. Unicorns are notoriously hard to spot, but consenticorns would be easy to find everywhere: lecturing partygoers at the club’s entrance, weaving across the dance floor, hovering near the hot tub, and occasionally popping into a small room in the back, where vintage skin flicks would unspool throughout the night.
There was no discussion of the dramatic scenes of that week — neither the calm, persuasive testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, PhD, alleging that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her several decades before; nor Kavanaugh’s evasive, self-pitying response; nor the climactic decision by Senator Jeff Flake to force a one-week postponement in the final vote so the FBI could look into the charges or maybe just offer Flake and his fellow moderates a fig leaf for voting yes.
A few of the consenticorns had heard about the hearings on social media. They knew the broad strokes. But they had more pressing concerns: rewriting the rules that govern contemporary sexual behavior.