Politics and Feminism

Is California’s New Affirmative Consent Law a Good Thing?

October 15, 2014
Is California’s New Affirmative Consent Law a Good Thing?

This is the third and final post focusing on current efforts to combat sexual assault on college campuses.  Part I: For Valid Sexual Assault Rates, We’re Better Off Asking the Rapists Part II: College Fraternities and Sexual Assault California’s new sexual assault law, the text of which may be found HERE, has met with controversy […]

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College Fraternities and Sexual Assault

October 10, 2014
College Fraternities and Sexual Assault

There are several related but separate legislative efforts underway to combat the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. Most controversial is California’s new sexual assault law, which requires affirmative consent prior to sexual intercourse. In addition, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has co-sponsored with seven other senators the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act. This action is a […]

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Newest Pew Report on American Marriage

September 29, 2014
Newest Pew Report on American Marriage

A new report on marriage from Pew Social Trends indicates a continuing decline in marriage rates. In 1960, the statistical “high point” of American marriage, just 10% of men and 8% of women had never been married by age 25. Those numbers began to grow in the 70s and today they’re considerably higher. The gap […]

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Mismatched Lust Between the Sexes

September 18, 2014
Mismatched Lust Between the Sexes

OKCupid founder Christian Rudder has a new book out: Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking). Rudder is the guy responsible for the always fascinating OKTrends blog, which he started in 2009. From Nate Silver’s blog Five Thirty Eight, we learn that Dataclysm is based on Rudder’s OKTrends posts, for which he spent countless hours […]

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Hookup Culture and the Golden Rule

September 10, 2014
Hookup Culture and the Golden Rule

Conor Friedersdorf’s article When ‘Do Unto Others’ Meets Hookup Culture in today’s Atlantic poses a refreshing and overdue question: Why are traditional conservatives hellbent on fighting contemporary sexual mores with doomsday predictions of the end of Western civilization as we know it? Smug predictions of eternal damnation for sexual sinners are the cherry on top of this Judgment […]

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