Sex & Consent: It’s Time To Go Beyond The Rules

Jaclyn Friedman was groundbreaking when her book Yes Means Yes redefined the rules and verbiage of sexual consent. However, it is time to delve deeper into the subject. Consent is not the green light for having sex, but rather is the ongoing conversation between partners that continues throughout a sexual interaction.

We urgently need to talk about the grey areas of bad sexual encounters

We are starting to better understand the laws of consent, but there are grey areas when it comes to sexual encounters that are difficult to define.  Does 'yes' mean 'yes' if it is said after persistence, moderate aggression or persuasion?  Can a consensual, but regrettable or unpleasant sexual experience cross the line into what is [...]

Rape culture will not change until silent bystanders start speaking up

Changing our basic power structure can move us beyond our rape culture to prevent sexual violence in the world into which our kids will grow up. Bystanders are critical in becoming a heard voice towards equalizing the societal imbalances of power.

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