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Sexual Consent

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 11.05.2014 | Gay 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 08.25.2013 | Gay 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...