Posts tagged "consent"

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…

Katie Oldenburg | October 13, 2014 - 3:30 pm

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…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | September 29, 2014 - 2:30 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | September 24, 2014 - 1:10 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | September 8, 2014 - 5:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | August 29, 2014 - 5:30 pm

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.

Marilyn Friedman | August 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | June 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

PurrVerse: Getting Lucky With San Francisco’s Hook-Up Truck

I live in San Francisco, land of art, sexual experimentation, and entrepreneurial spirit. Since I’ve moved here I’ve explored the boundaries between public and private sex in multiple ways -…

Kitty Stryker | May 22, 2014 - 12:00 pm

George R. R. Martin Distances Himself From That “Game Of Thrones” Rape Scene (But I’m Not Done Ranting)

If you still haven’t seen Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” stop right here, as there are spoilers ahead and besides, you need to get on that shit. 

Amelia McDonell-Parry | April 22, 2014 - 2:00 pm

“Game Of Thrones” Turned A Consensual Sex Scene Into A Rape Scene And Ruined Everything

Fair warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Goddammit, I am so pissed off. On last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” a climactic and much-anticipated consensual sex scene between incestuous brother-sister…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | April 21, 2014 - 11:30 am

Frisky Q&A: Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson On RAINN, Rape Culture & Consent

Every year, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, when many of us participate in Take Back The Night speak-outs and marches to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities.

Jessica Wakeman | April 10, 2014 - 2:30 pm

This Study Hightlights What We Already Knew: Assault Is Never The Victim’s Fault

A new study has found that in situations of sexual aggression at bars, most attackers are very clear on the fact that their victims are not consenting. The results made obvious what…

Claire Hannum | March 5, 2014 - 9:30 am

California Wants Law To Require “Affirmative Consent”

California wants to rewrite the state law regarding sexual violence on college campuses to require both partners to give “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity. The legislation hopes…

Jessica Wakeman | February 12, 2014 - 7:30 pm

The Soapbox: Unwanted Touching Is Unacceptable At Any Age (Yes, Even Age 6)

This piece is crossposted with permission from

In this week’s news, a six-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school. The reason? He had repeatedly kissed one…

Rebecca Hains | December 13, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Playboy’s Pro-Consent Party Commandments Piece Turns Out To Be A Hoax

Clicking through a Playboy article all about asking consent before sex, all I could think was, Who are you and what have you done with Playboy???

Hugh Hefner…

Jessica Wakeman | September 17, 2013 - 4:45 pm

University Of Edinburgh Bans “Blurred Lines” From Campus

It was bound to happen sooner or later: a college banned “Blurred Lines” from campus for being too rapey-sounding.

The student union of  University of Edinburgh banned the…

Jessica Wakeman | September 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm

10 Things Everyone Should Learn In Sex Ed

Hold onto your pearls, pearl-clutchers. Oklahoma’s Tulsa School District has just announced plans to implement an unprecedented sex education policy. Cities like Boston,  NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles are already teaching…

Phylisa Wisdom | September 11, 2013 - 9:00 am

The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

I never thought I’d write an article under that title but here goes.

Earlier this week, Dr. Phil asked over Twitter: “If a girl is drunk, is it alright…

Melissa Petro | August 22, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Girl Talk: On Dealing With Rape Within A Relationship

I was always utterly convinced that I was stronger and more logically driven than the average woman when it came to dealing with relationships. I remember reading stories about women…

Lizzie R. | July 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Radical Feminist Interview On Thought Catalog Takes Potshot At Sex-Positive Feminism & Kink, Questions Consent

Last night, I was reading a piece on the blog Thought Catalog in which writer Marie Calloway interviewed two young women about the current state of “radical feminism.” I read…

Jessica Wakeman | June 27, 2013 - 2:30 pm