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“Yes means yes” will soon be the rule of thumb on California college campuses, thanks to California Senate Bill 967, which passed in the state senate Thursday. SB-967 mandates that California colleges adopt “an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity.” The bill defines affirmative consent as “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual ... Read More
Whether we have the internet or real life experience to thank, most human beings are aware of the every day existence of cat callers and subway perverts. Less is said however, about the presence of sexual harassment at events like Comic Con. Often, in preparation for these conventions, super fans will spend months planning insanely amazing, elaborate costumes that perfectly and uniquely embody their favorite characters, movies, TV shows, and comic books (this is ... Read More
Sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, abuse and sexual coercion are all major problems in our society. They also happen too often, with 1 in 5 women reporting that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 in 4 reporting having been beaten by a partner. What’s scary to me, though, isn’t just that statistic. It’s how many women I know who have realized what happened to them well after the fact.  In this study, the ... Read More
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex ... Read More
In 2013 a student at Swarthmore college “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months… They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes.”  She states that “‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he ... Read More
Mandy Boardman had noticed feelings of drowsiness.  She awoke one morning with a half dissolved pill in her mouth to see her husband, David Wise, leaving the room.  But she was not prepared to learn that Wise had been drugging and raping her repeatedly over the course of three years, a fact which she discovered when she found the sex tapes he had been making on his phone.  Shortly after this incident, police began a three year police investigation ... Read More
  A lot of time and energy has been put into making safe sex fun. It looks like some of it may have been paying off. You might have seen our post about condoms that promote a culture of consent. First off, props to Force: Upsetting Rape Culture and the folks at Say It With a Condom. Cute, attention-grabbing, to the point--but I wonder if the point is coming across as clearly as it could. Do the thongs and condoms really achieve a greater dialogue between sex ... Read More
Force: Upsetting Rape Culture is a brilliantly creative activist group that advocates against all forms of sexual violence. Force’s mission is “to disrupt the silence that surrounds sexual violence” and “promote a culture of consent.” From this core belief to their intelligent artistic approaches, Force's aggressive message is so important I think it should be plastered on the walls and shouted from the rooftops... or at the very ... Read More
Is that a list in your pants, or are you just happy to see me? Irony has rooted itself in our culture, and now it's taken hold of our sex lives. Dating and sex can be awkward for everyone, but a little determination goes a long way. It's best to be pragmatic about these things. The world, and the internet currently attempting to swallow it whole, is full of misinformation, theories, and most of all, lists. The sex tips in beauty magazines usually end up more ... Read More
I'm sure you can recall the amazing guerrilla feminism exhibited by the intelligent and witty women of FORCE, the group behind the faux-PINK Victoria's Secret consent line last year, featuring a full campaign around a fake line of panties, donning messages of enthusiastic consent and modeled by racially diverse women of all shapes and sizes. For just a moment, we thought Victoria's Secret joined us in this century, only to realize the panties were ... Read More
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