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Activists Use 'Classic Porn' Imagery To Promote Consent At Colleges

Activists Use 'Classic Porn' Imagery To Promote Consent At Colleges | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Women's advocacy group UltraViolet launched a new campaign Thursday to promote consent before sex among college students and to keep pressure on college rankings publisher Princeton Review to survey students about sexual assault.

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Rape Fantasies Are Normal, Even If You've Been Raped

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If you were following along with the Lifestyle BDSM Vs Professional Domination conversation, you know that I asked Miss Pearl to write a bit about rape fantasies ~ specifically male rape fantasies....

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NWS, but great for those who have suffered rape or other sexual trauma -- or have partners who have.

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Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women

Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Maybe you don't want to call it a "war on women". Maybe you find the word "war" to be over-the-top, despite the facts regarding bombings, shootings, rape, and other violent attacks against women, i...
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Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work

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The implication is that with the insufficient “supply” of women, tempting men with a hint of sexuality is too dangerous. This is almost a textbook example of victim-blaming, in which victims of sexual assault or aggression are construed to have been asking for it based on non-verbal cues, such as clothing, demeanor or profession. This sort of rhetoric flares up in large-scale rape cases. While covering the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, known in the media as the Maryville case, an expert witness on Fox Newssaid, “What did she expect to happen at 1am in the morning after sneaking out?” The example in the New York Times article is a variation on the same concept; the woman is cautioned that she should adjust her behavior because this will either tempt or invite sexual aggression from men. It is not the man’s responsibility to not rape women; it is the woman’s responsibility to not ‘ask for it’.

 

It may seem redundant to point out the commodification of female flesh in the industry of sex work. However, the issue at hand is specifically the rationalization that it is a simple function of the influx of men that creates conditions fertile for exploitation and predation. Critically absent from this discourse is a question as to why the men in Williston engage in this behavior. Ara Wilson, an associate professor of women’s studies at Duke University, points out that the definition of capitalist markets as “benign vehicles” that merely channel “wants, needs, and desires” overlooks the fact that “desires can be fostered and created.” Anybody can see how a sense of necessity did not precede the existence of consumer goods like smart phones, jewelry, or the millions of toys produced each year. However, with sex work, it’s taken as a given that desire precedes the market, and Wilson notes that a discussion of the creation of desire for sex work “remain[s] surprisingly unexamined”.


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As @Gracie Passette wrote, this article does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:40 AM

Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence.

 

See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:43 AM
Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/
Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:09 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] said, this article makes good points but also misses distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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Rape jokes are not jokes.

Rape jokes are not jokes. | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Woman-hating jokes are not jokes. These guys are telling you what they think. When you laugh along to get their approval, you give them yours.


Thomas Millar, Meet the Predators. 

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Most jokes are bashing someone. It's pretty rare to find someone who is truly just funny. Either they are bashing some group of people: fat people, short people, women, etc or they are putting themselves down in an attempt to get people to laugh with them but not at them.
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No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’

No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’ | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

by TARA CULP-RESSLER

 

(Credit: Change.org)

 

On Friday afternoon, the Associated Press ran a story about a young woman in Washington state who alleges that her high school’s officials failed to protect her from a 16-year-old boy who raped her on school property, and even allowed the boy to remain in the same classroom with her after her guardian reported she was being harassed by him. The school continues to deny most of her claims, and she is seeking at least $400,000 in damages.

 

In its headline about the story, the AP chose to characterize the encounter — which took place in a bathroom at the high school — as “restroom sex”:

 

 

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Elizabeth Smart: Abstinence Education Teaches Rape Victims They’re Worthless, Dirty, And Filthy

Elizabeth Smart: Abstinence Education Teaches Rape Victims They’re Worthless, Dirty, And Filthy | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Smart became a household name after she was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 14 and held in captivity for nine months.
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Fox Denounced An Anti-Bullying Class For Being “Lesbian Role Play”

Fox Denounced An Anti-Bullying Class For Being “Lesbian Role Play” | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The people at Fox news seemingly have a very vague grasp on what actually constitutes lesbian role play if they think this anti-bullying class is it.
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BDSM, Porn, & Rape

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A very importantn distinction is missing from discussions about sexual violence.


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Arizona Daily Wildcat :: 'You Deserve Rape' sign causes controversy on UA campus

Arizona Daily Wildcat :: 'You Deserve Rape' sign causes controversy on UA campus | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

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