Posts tagged "consent"

The Soapbox: How We Talk About Consent Absolutely Matters

How we talk about consent absolutely matters. How we talk about it in private conversations, in academia, in public discourse — all matters. So for ELLE to publish an essay attacking “Yes Means Yes” policies — and during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, no less — is unconscionable even if it is penned by a survivor. The…

By: Katie Klabusich / April 8, 2015

Operator Of Revenge Porn Site Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

Notorious San Diego creep Kevin Bollaert was just sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted back in February of 21 accounts of identity theft and six accounts of extortion. The former operator of the non-consensual porn site "UGotPosted" posted pictures of nude women along with their personal information from jilted ex-lovers as a…

By: Katrin Higher / April 4, 2015

Amnesty International: Iranian Women Are Being Made Into “Baby-Making Machines”

An Iranian bill restricting the availability of contraception and abortions in order to boost the country’s population is effectively going to turn Iranian women into “baby-making machines.”…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 11, 2015

Four in 10 Teenage Girls Report Being Coerced Into Sex

More than 40 percent of high school-aged girls in England report being coerced into sex. [The Guardian] A memo to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions: Judges who disagree with you aren’t “activist” judges. [Vox] A new study shows that there are long-term health benefits for LGBT youth who come out during high school. [Medical News Today]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015

When “I Don’t Like This” Doesn’t Equal “I Was Violated”: The Strange Case Of Steve Lepore, Toni McIntyre & Hockey Twitter

Late last week, hockey blogger Toni McIntyre wrote a column on Medium about the sexual harassment she felt she had faced at the hands of a male hockey reporter named Steve Lepore. The McIntyre/Lepore story briefly captivated sportswriters last December when it first broke: a male sports reporter asked a female sports blogger if he could…

By: Beejoli Shah / February 9, 2015

The NFL’s Anti-Domestic Violence Partner Is A Sham Organization

The NFL’s anti-domestic violence campaign partner, No More, is a sham -- surprise, surprise. [Deadspin] Black girls are six times as likely to be suspended as White girls in New York schools. [The Daily Beast] Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at Georgetown University, said that if she could undo one Supreme Court decision it would be…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 5, 2015

“Is Sex With An Unconscious Person Always Rape?” Utah Lawmakers Wonder

At the center of any discussion about rape is the issue of consent. Did both (or more) parties involved consent to having sex? Was consent given under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Could both people actually give consent or was their ability impaired because of drugs, or alcohol, or, you know, lack of consciousness?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 4, 2015

Marissa Alexander Has Been Released From Prison

Florida Stand Your Ground defendant Marissa Alexander has been released from prison. [NBC] Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is being grilled over her stance that waterboarding is torture. [The Guardian] If policing strategies that position officers as members of the community rather than being removed from or above the community have been proven to work,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 28, 2015

How A Danish Activist Reclaimed Her Body After Her Ex Posted Revenge Porn

HECK YEAH to this: Danish activist Emma Holten’s ex-boyfriend released “intimate photographs” to a creepshots web site three years ago, and she’s reclaiming her agency over her body by publishing topless photos for which she has given her consent. The photos depict her in the process of doing everyday tasks like reading or brushing her…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 9, 2015

The Hacked Sony E-Mails Are A Distraction From The Larger Issues, And It’s Wrong To Use E-Mails Stolen From Anyone, Ever

I don’t take George Clooney that seriously, most of the time, but his interview with Deadline spoke to a lot of things I’ve been reflecting on about my job lately. In it, Clooney spoke about a petition of support he tried to circulate after Sony was attacked by what the FBI has now concluded were,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

The Soapbox: Let’s Get Real When Discussing Complicated Sexual Experiences

There’s been a lot of talk lately in the media about sexual violence. Late last month, former CBC Broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi was fired amid allegations of sexual assault. A few weeks ago, Shia LaBeouf came forward with claims that he was raped during an art exhibition. And by now everyone’s heard of the sex abuse…

By: Melissa Petro / December 16, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Lena Dunham & Teaching Children About Boundaries And Consent

This post isn't about Lena Dunham… really. So many others, including The Frisky's own Amelia, have written about Dunham, her book, and the passages about her sister that have led to claims of molestation. But, I'm writing this because of the conversation that's currently being had about Lena Dunham, so we can't not talk about…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 4, 2014

New Pew Study Shows That Women Are More Likely To Be Sexually Harassed Online

A Pew study looks at the differences in online harassment for men and women, and what do ya know, women are more often the target. [Slate] Feminist blogger Lindy West imagines a social network that is specifically feminist and anti-racist. [Daily Dot] Read about racism in the newsroom. [New Republic] A Joan Didion documentary i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 22, 2014

Mindy Kaling Defends Buttsex Episode Of “Mindy Project”: “There Was No Sexual Peril”

In case you missed it, last week's episode of "The Mindy Project" was all about butt sex. Mindy's onscreen boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina) wanted to try anal for the first time, attempting the act and claiming "I slipped." The rest of the episode was dedicated to Mindy trying to determine if his "slip" was intentional,…

By: Katie Oldenburg / October 13, 2014

Why California’s Active Consent Law Is Not An Outrage

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s Active Consent bill yesterday, making it law in California that in order to receive state funding, universities must have policies stating that students must obtain verbal or nonverbal consent before having sex (a lack of objection or resistance does not constitute consent), provide victims' advocates, teach incoming freshme…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 29, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Your Kids Need To Know About Consent Long Before They Head To College

Talking about sexual assault is never an easy thing. But as a parent, it's crucial to find ways to talk to your children about it. Lately, there's been a lot of attention focused on campus rape and sexual assault, and with good reason. Many colleges have been called out (and even sued) for not taking…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 24, 2014

Cee Lo Green Dropped From Music Festivals After Rape Tweets

Music festivals in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. have dropped Cee Lo Green following his gross tweets that "people who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" Green pleaded no contest to charges that he had slipped Ecstasy into a woman's drink and allegedly raped her; he maintains it was consensual sex. He also deleted the tweets, presumably…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2014

California State Legislature Advances “Yes Means Yes” Hookup Bill

California's state senate advanced a bill to require universities that take financial aid from the state to adopt a policy that students must give "affirmative consent" before engaging in sex. The law would state that both parties need to engage in "affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement" before hooking up — in other words, people can't…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2014

Girl Talk: On Consent & Why It’s Worth It To Keep Saying “No”

When I noticed photographs in Damon’s apartment with a woman’s head cut out of them and an X drawn atop her body, I regretted not saying “no” earlier that night. I wanted him to like me and didn’t want to seem prudish and uncool. I didn’t want to limit my romantic options or life experiences.

By: Marilyn Friedman / August 11, 2014

Male Student Suspended By Columbia For Alleged Sexual Misconduct Sues School For Title IX Discrimination

In September 2013, a female student at Columbia University filed a complaint against "John Doe," a sophomore and member of the crew team from Florida, over alleged nonconsensual sex in her dorm room that had occurred  in May 2013. This February, a school tribunal found "John Doe" guilty of sexual misconduct and suspended him for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014
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