American culture, sex, and safety

University students walking in campus

“… acts invasive of another individual’s equal rights are implicitly self-aggressions. … Such acts as rape, and the assault or seduction of infants, may therefore be justly regarded as offences against the Law of Liberty, and repressed in the interests of that Law.” — Aleister Crowley, in his commentary on The Book of the Law

Americans are weird about sex. They don’t seem able to talk about it, and teaching about it offends them. This makes matters such as consent far more difficult than they need to be. If people have the right to love as they will, so too do they have the right to say no.

Vanessa Grigoriadis went back to college to help us understand the the sexual consent debate happening on campuses today. She wrote a resulting book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus.

She explains, “I wanted to find out: Why is sexual assault, from random butt-grabbing to serious stuff, endemic to universities? And what can we do to curb it? …Herewith, a list of what I found out about assault, consent, and what it takes to create an empowered, consensual sex life in college.” Many of this information can be applied in any gathering of like-minded people.

Listen to Vanessa Grigoriadis talking with Mike Pesca of Slate: America Is Weird About Sex.

Read about what Vanessa Grigoriadis experienced on campus: Why Is Campus Rape Still So Prevalent?



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