Tagged With consent

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Recently, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman was accused by four women of physical assault during sex. Schneiderman responded by saying that the hitting, choking, and slapping he's accused of were part of kinky "roleplaying." All four women say they never consented to engage in these types of behaviours. Whether or not Schneiderman was indeed "roleplaying" at all, the case is opening up a vitally important conversation about consent, particularly within the context of kink and BDSM.

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A lot has been written about Facebook over recent weeks, with the coverage reaching a crescendo early this week following Mark Zuckerberg’s ten hours of congressional testimony. But something has emerged that has given me pause. How do we consent to our data being shared?

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When the US Girl Scouts put out a pre-holiday reminder to parents that their daughters don't owe anyone a hug, even at the holidays, it was taken as a sign of the (dismal) times. "At a time when issues of sexual harassment and consent are in the news," began the CNN story on the piece.

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Upon hearing the news of abuse and sexual harassment by men in power like Harvey Weinstein (and Bill Cosby and Donald Trump and all those who still go unnamed), it's becoming common to respond with a sort of resigned outrage. A couple of days ago, Mayim Bialik penned a piece in her online community GrokNation about how she wasn't surprised to hear of the Weinstein allegations, writing, "It is my assumption, sadly, that this is just what happens all of the time." This is what power and patriarchy look like, she says, and it sucks.