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Oklahoma Court Rules That Oral Sex Is Not Rape If The Victim Is Unconscious

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A Professional Dominant On Navigating Consent & Respecting Boundaries In BDSM

Recently, I’ve been talking to people in the BDSM community about the sexual assault allegations made against porn star James Deen by a dozen women late last year, and noticed that a number of the men I spoke with had a look of nervousness flash across their face when the subject came up. So, I started… More »


Bret Easton Ellis Calls James Deen Rape Accusations A “Witch Hunt”

Not today, Satan. More »


“Uptight Millennial” Feminists Aren’t Killing Sex, They’re Trying To Survive

Affirmative consent does not hinder a woman’s control during sex; it protects her from when it goes from being something safe and pleasurable, to crossing a scary, non-consensual boundary. More »


On Bad Sex, Female Satisfaction & Male Self-Control

New York writer Rebecca Traister made a really good point in her recent feature for the magazine’s Sex On Campus issue: Consensual sex can be bad too, but feminism often fails to address that point. It’s not that feminist ladies aren’t discussing sex outside of the realm of consent or rape culture, but it does… More »


Just Look At This Asshole: College Student Very “Hurt” By Invitation To Consent Workshop

When George Lawson, 19, received an Facebook invite for an I Heart Consent workshop through Warwick University, he was not amused by the event name. He was actually outraged by the implication that he would need one of these workshops, which are being rolled out by other schools as well.

Lawson proceeded to express his anger… More »


Why Would Anyone Go To “Extreme” Haunted Houses?

I am not averse to horror, but riddle me this: Why is our culture all right with “extreme” haunted houses like McKamey Manor and Blackout, where you sign yourself into letting complete strangers rough you up, bind you, gag you, strip you, and force-feed you for upwards of four hours, whenMore »


Bill Cosby’s Deposition Transcript Reveals Cavalier Attitude About Rampant “Womanizing”

The New York Times has obtained the full, four-day, 1000-page transcript of Bill Cosby’s deposition in that 2005 sexual assault lawsuit, and WELP, it’s as damning as you might imagine. Cosby admits to a long history of what he considers “philandering” and “womanizing,” including in cases where he gave women drugs (consensually and with their knowledge,… More »


We-Consent, The App Which Records “Proof” Of Mutual Consent, Misses The Point

I’m a big believer in enthusiastic consent. I’m only down to fuck people who are clearly down to fuck me, either because they have communicated that verbally or with indisputable consenting body language. I expect my partners to be similarly attentive to my words and body language, and what those cues say about my desire. Should a… More »


Dr. Ruth Says Women Can’t Refuse Sex If The Man Has A “Very Aroused, Strong Erection”

Ohhhhh, Dr. Ruth. I know Dr. Ruth Westheimer, at nearly 87, is what we can safely consider a senior citizen and should thus, maybe, be given a pass for having antiquated opinions about sex, gender and consent. But, again, she is Dr. Ruth, sex therapist and author of the forthcoming book, The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life,More »


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… More »


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… More »


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.” More »


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. More »


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… More »


“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,… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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,… More »


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… More »


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