Mackenzie Phillips Reframes The Word Consensual


high_on_arrival_mackenzie_phillips1Mackenzie Phillips was on the Joy Behar show last night to set the record straight regarding her incestuous relationship with her dad, John Philips. In her book, High On Arrival, she revealed the shocking secret of sleeping with her dad and wrote that it was consensual.

She explained to Behar, “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,” she said.

“So, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a consensual relationship at this time.”

Ever since Mackenzie told her story to Oprah, her family have distanced themselves from her, even uninviting her to Thanksgiving dinner. Hope that they can all heal from the past.