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On ethical sex and the complexities of consent in an unjust world

Over at The Harvard Crimson, student columnist Reina A.E. Gattuso has an excellent piece exploring the complexities of consent. Using her own sexual experience at a party as a high school senior as an example, she breaks down the power imbalances and structural inequalities at play. 

Over at The Harvard Crimson, student columnist Reina A.E. Gattuso has an excellent piece exploring the complexities of consent. Using her own sexual experience at a party as a high school senior as an example, ...

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Consent and Collaboration: My weekend at the IndieCade East gaming convention

After the six-month-long parade of horribles that has wracked the gaming world, IndieCade East felt like a long overdue reminder of what those of us caught in the crossfire were fighting for. 

After the six-month-long parade of horribles that has wracked the gaming world, IndieCade East felt like a long overdue reminder of what those of us caught in the crossfire were fighting for. 

Scandal Recap: Youth sexuality, sex tapes, and consent

We can usually count on Scandal to include themes that are concurrent with elements and events in popular culture. With all of the spotlight cast on reality star like Kim Kardashian, and more recently, Mimi Faust coming to fame via sex tape, it was only a matter of time before the controversial sex tape made it’s way to a show so appropriately named. The central plot of last night’s episode involved Olivia Pope “fixing” a dire situation in which President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant’s daughter, Karen, snuck to a party in another state and was video recorded having consensual sex with two boys.

Scandal isn’t usual the place we look to for examples of ...

We can usually count on Scandal to include themes that are concurrent with elements and events in popular culture. With all of the spotlight cast on reality star like Kim ...

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No, California’s new affirmative consent law will not redefine most sex as rape

Rape is when you have sex with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with you.

I feel compelled to offer that reminder because after reading Jonathan Chait’s dire warning about California colleges’ “radical” new affirmative consent standard, you might find yourself confused. He claims that the new law will legally redefine “most, and possibly nearly all, sexual encounters” as rape.

It will not. Rape is defined by an absence of consent. I would argue–and I don’t think Chait would disagree–that, ethically, that has always been the case. And thanks to decades of feminist efforts to reform rape laws, that’s increasingly the legal standard too.

Rape is when you have sex with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with you.

I feel compelled to offer that reminder because after reading Jonathan Chait’s dire warning about California colleges’ “radical” new affirmative ...

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