Tag Archives: rape culture

“Sexual Violence” – What the ESRB thinks you don’t need to know

TweetIt’s no secret that sexualized depictions of violence against women are disturbingly rampant in video games.  But why?  Why has the industry become so bloated with games featuring brutalized women in skimpy clothing?  It’s gotten to the point of becoming the default story-telling option for characterizing a “bad guy” or establishing a “gritty” environment. Gaming [...]
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Stop with the Entitlement

Tweet“You seem a bit preoccupied,” he tried to whisper into my ear while we were dancing. He reached for my hands, trying to pull them toward his neck and show me where they belonged. But, instead I pulled them away. “Come on,” he called after me, rolling his eyes because I had had enough of [...]
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Victim Blaming Among Peers

TweetDuring Week Of Welcome at Marshall University, incoming freshman were required to go to an improv show called Sex Signals. Sex Signals featured a guy and girl who acted out different dating scenarios. They asked for audience participation and wanted to hear our views on what was happening in the scene. In one particular scene, [...]
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How Not to Confuse “Rape” With a Fun Slang Word

Tweet*TRIGGER WARNING—talk of sexual assault in terms of fact patterns* Over the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of misuses of the word “rape,” from everyone from teenage boys trying to sound cool as they navigate their identities in our dysfunctional sexual culture to hysterical, possibly well-meaning anti-sex types using the word in a [...]
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Thoughts on Consent

TweetConsent (as a Concept) is Necessary The argument that consent is a necessary social human construct is brilliant because it is solid.  The argument is solid because it gives every human their humanity.  It gives every human agency.  It empowers every human.  If the boundary of consent is overstepped it inevitably leads to dehumanization, victimization, [...]
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