Tag Archives: consent

Hitting on women in elevators and subway exits.

By now you may have heard about Rebecca Watson, a speaker at an atheist conference in Dublin, and how she departed from a hotel bar at 4 a.m., headed back to her room, was propositioned in an elevator: “Don’t take … Continue reading

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Machismo in drag.

Hanna Rosin, (more recently known for The End of Men), did a book review a few years back.  Her lead-in was as follows: A 19-year-old virgin walks into a bar. He’s got his lucky cross in his pocket and his … Continue reading

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“Because He Liked to Leer At It”

If you’ve seen The Vagina Monologues, you know that Bob, a character in the story, Because He Liked to Look At It, helped the narrator learn to love her vagina.  He did this by sharing with her the pleasure he … Continue reading

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Bob never got consent.

It’s hardly an overstatement to say that sexuality is a subject of great concern for many feminists.  Women, so the argument goes, have often been coerced into relationships or sexual acts that leave them feeling unsatisfied at best and, at … Continue reading

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Is the concept of the “rape continuum” useful?

Words and concepts are only our best approximation of reality; we look for the closest fit to describe our world.  Human sexuality is complicated and subtle, and so the fit between words and reality is always going to be a … Continue reading

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