California Legislature Considering 'Yes Means Yes' Campus Rape Bill

If there's one thing we know for certain about sexual assault at institutions of higher learning, it's that far too many college administrators have no fucking clue what they're doing. In far too many cases, schools' sexual assault policies even lack a clear definition of what constitutes consent. Legislation… » 8/11/14 3:20pm 8/11/14 3:20pm

Age and Consent

If nothing else, hoax or no hoax, Franco's recent media moment prompted significant discussion about the meaning of consent. While I think there is general agreement here about what actual verbal consent (and other forms of active consent), there seems to be more disagreement about what age can you consent to sexual… » 4/06/14 10:01pm 4/06/14 10:01pm

British Prof Calls for Debate About Lowering the Age of Consent to 15

The UK's president of the Faculty of Public Health has called for a national debate on lowering the age of consent from 16 to 15, arguing that, um, in case British lawmakers haven't realized it yet, lots of teenagers are having sex before they reach official consenting age, yet their status as ineligible sex-havers… » 11/17/13 2:00pm 11/17/13 2:00pm

Someone Hacked Playboy's College Party Guide and Made It About Consent

On Tuesday, Playboy got major press and for the first time in awhile, it wasn't because they were selling off parts of their company or moving their headquarters from Chicago to Los Angeles or going private, things that would all individually spell trouble for legacy organization, but when pushed together look… » 9/17/13 7:00pm 9/17/13 7:00pm

Feminist Group Continues to Fuck With Victoria's Secret By Sneaking…

Last week, feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture tried to convince everyone that Victoria's Secret's PINK line was launching a line of consent-themed underwear. The company's legal team nipped their satire advocacy in the bud, so now FORCE is actually placing thongs that say "Ask First" next to real VS panties… » 12/13/12 3:20pm 12/13/12 3:20pm

But What if Victoria's Secret Launched a Consent-Themed Line of…

Yesterday, we determined that Victoria's Secret was most definitely not behind a new official-looking yet dubious "PINK Loves CONSENT" line, which featured some certifiable babes (who, refreshingly, did not look like Gisele) rocking underwear with phrases like "No Means No" next to a list of sexual assault statistics. » 12/04/12 12:50pm 12/04/12 12:50pm

Teacher Posting Creepshots of High School Students to Reddit Rightfully…

So here's some good news about the ongoing battle over Reddit's Creepshots forum: it seems that the teacher who was posting photos of his underage students to the internet without their knowledge has been caught, and fired. And, to add insult to perv injury, he's been banned from Reddit. Even worse! But here's some… » 9/27/12 12:20pm 9/27/12 12:20pm

'Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act' Is Actually Designed to Let Men Block…

Last week, a truly stupid bill authored by Arizona Republican Trent Franks passed out of committee. PreNDA, formerly known as the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenantal Nondiscrimination Act, purports to address the rampant American nonproblem of sex and race-selective abortion. But it seems that the… » 2/20/12 2:00pm 2/20/12 2:00pm

Turkish Court Rules 13-Year-Old Consented To Multiple Rapes

A court ruling has provoked outrage in Turkey, and in a minute you'll be fuming too. Last week, judges from Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals agreed that the sentences of 26 men convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl should be reduced because the girl consented. Now feminist and human rights activists are… » 11/06/11 10:42pm 11/06/11 10:42pm

NYC 'Rape Cops' Juror Suggests The Woman Consented

Patrick Kirkland, a juror who voted to acquit former NYPD cops Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata of almost all charges in the notorious rape trial, has written a long piece on the experience for Gothamist. In it, he defends the jury from charges that they let a rapist go free, somewhat explains why they doubted the… » 9/08/11 1:50pm 9/08/11 1:50pm