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Sexual Consent

How To Reclaim The Sexuality All Of Us Were Born With

Pamela Madsen | Posted 06.24.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

You weren't born hating your body. You weren't born sexually numb with low libido. You weren't born with shame around your genitals. You were born naked.

The Orifice Defense: Why Poorly Written Laws Lead to "Technicalities" for the Criminally Accused

Adam Banner | Posted 06.22.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Everyone has heard it before: some horrible human facing criminal allegations, who is most likely guilty and would probably face jail time if convicte...

Chandler And Monica Nailed The Definition Of Consent 18 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women

Like most good millennials, my Netflix account is a steady rotation of the same handful of TV shows that I’ve been watching for over a decade. Watch...

My "Hips Don't Lie," but They Do Demand Consent

Erin Moyer | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Erin Moyer

While some people argue that grinding is simply "all in good fun," even the definition of the word grind, "to oppress," leaves me wondering if other women are having a hard time having fun in this culture of no consent.

Sexual Consent: A Matter of Communication and Respect

Angie Rowntree | Posted 03.19.2017 | Women
Angie Rowntree

For some people, the idea of gaining consent for each aspect of a sexual encounter sounds painfully unsexy, but I believe this is because they're thinking about it like a checklist on a clipboard, rather than as the joy of getting to know and understand their partner on a deep and fundamental level.

Parody Shows Guys Asking For Affirmative Consent FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.11.2017 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

You've seen lesbians touching a penis for the first time, women trying sex toys for the first time, gay men touching a vagina for the first time, coup...

What Sexting Can Teach Us About Consent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women

Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you. T...

Learning to Practice Consent as a Straight Woman

Ravishly | Posted 10.06.2016 | Women

I have pressured people into sex. I have had partners say they weren't in the mood and tried to change their minds. I have sulked when they didn't. And I did this for years without realizing it was wrong. Why? Because I'm a straight woman.

Why The Payout Jared Fogle's Victims Will Get Is So Unusual

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women

Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway spokesman who accepted a "historic" plea deal announced on Wednesday on charges of distributing child pornogr...

Dr. Ruth Says Women Can't Say No To Sex Once Partner Is Aroused

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women

Famed sex therapist and advice columnist Dr. Ruth Westheimer has come under fire this week for comments made during a radio interview about sexual con...

This Video About Tea Will Make You Ask The Right Questions About Consent

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women

Do you like tea? Do you want tea forced on you? Do you want tea when you're unconscious? A new video campaign uses stick figures, a little profanit...

The Case for Affirmative Consent

Melanie Boyd | Posted 02.16.2015 | College
Melanie Boyd

Why should not sex premised on mutuality, respect and joint agreement -- rather than sex premised on pressure, intimidation, and acquiescence -- be an administratively-endorsed, and administratively-enforced standard?

Cal Student Campaign Guides You On How To Talk To Rape Survivors

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.02.2014 | College

A student group at the University of California-Berkeley created a new poster campaign to help people understand how to better communicate with sexual...

Can an App Help You Set Sexual Boundaries?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.03.2014 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The idea of the app is sound. But I prefer simply being honest and straightforward with a potential partner about what they're looking for in the night, and if I've been drinking too much, nothing happens at all.

Yes Means Yes: Breaking Down Sexual Violence on UC Berkeley's Campus

Hannah Berkman | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.

Rape Culture Pervades Gay Culture Too

Larry Womack | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Larry Womack

Way too many people seem to think it's funny, or even impossible, for a man to be raped. I'm not sure that it matches the indifference with which we view the rape of women, but the reactions are still disturbing. Too often they even come from gay men, who are ourselves disproportionately subject to sexual violence.

Not Just Men: Expanding the Conversation on Sexual Assault

Caroline Catlin | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Caroline Catlin

I wondered if we would have laughed if I had been with a man the night before, instead of a woman. I wondered if, limping into the coffee shop, my friend's response would have been awe and respect had I told her of a man who grabbed me too roughly, who ripped my shirt, who left me aching to leave and unsure of how to go.

Why Every College Student Should Know the Definition of Consent

Leah Bakely | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Leah Bakely

I would wager that many college students, including those on my campus, still don't understand the importance of communicating and, worse, still don't know the definitions of sexual assault or consent.

U Consent: How University of Miami Students Are Fighting Sexual Assault Head On

Layla Haidrani | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Layla Haidrani

One in four women are victims of a sexual assault during college. It's hard to ignore this shocking statistic -- whether it's in heated debates in you...

An Open Letter to My Fellow Gay Men: We Need a Woman's Consent Too

Preston Mitchum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Preston Mitchum

No one "deserves" to be subjected to rape culture, not Beyoncé and not the young woman on the metro. This is where gay men and straight men have one commonality: our maleness. Gay and straight men alike can promote misogyny, and with unwanted touching, this is exactly what we do.

Homophobia and Statutory Rape: Kate's Not Alone

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.24.2013 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

Lately, I've seen lots of headlines that disturb me, as a son of Indian River County, FL. For example, ABC recently reported that an Indian River "Cheerleader Denies Felony Charge for Lesbian Relationship." My

Surviving Divorce: 7 Dos and Don'ts; an Addendum

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Sari Eckler Cooper

In an effort to provide readers with a fuller list of tips in their post-divorce single life, Sari Cooper, relationship and sex therapist, adds some t...