Sexual Terrorism and Tactics of Sexual Coercion (Friday 10/15/10)

Discussion Questions

1. Why is the thought of rape or “sexual terrorism” always in the back of women’s minds (whether on campus, at the laundromat, or when at the movies by themselves) Is this constant fear justified?

2. Why do women constantly feel like they are controlled by this invisible force? If they don’t feel like they are controlled by this force, is it their fault for getting in a position where they could be terrorized?

3. Why are most women afraid of coming forward after being raped or harassed? How can this be changed?

4. How prevalent are the sexual coercion tactics from Struckman-Johnson et al (2003) in everyday life? Do you consider all of these tactics to be sexual coercion?

Discussion Content

In class we talked about the necessity of ongoing consent during a sexual interaction. Consent is not to be thought of as a box that you check off, but something that you are continually checking for. This isn’t done for two reasons. One is because women in our society are supposedly not suposed to talk about sex, and the other is that according to hegemonic masculinity mean should know what women want without having to ask. For those reasons we have no vocabulary to continuing check for consent because most people think that it is awkward or will kill the mood. Because of that, most people try to just use body language to get their point across, but it is clear that this strategy does not work and that is why this postrefusal sexual coercion continues to be a problem in our society.

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