Stealthing isn’t a trend - it’s sexual assault
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Over the past week 'stealthing' dominated headlines, with many articles referring to is as “a new sexual trend”.
A new study by Alexandra Brodsky, of Yale Law School, has created a discussion around the issue.
Stealthing is when a man removes his condom part-way through sex without the consent of their sexual partner. But non-consensual condom removal isn’t a lighthearted joke and shouldn’t be frivolously labelled a trend. So let’s call stealthing what it really is - which is rape. The way some media outlets and people on the internet have been talking about stealthing is disgusting and wrong.
In her study Brodsky says stealthing is now "a common practice among young, sexually active people” and is “experienced by many as a grave violation of dignity and autonomy.” She also argues that stealthing is a form of sexual assault and should be treated as such. This is clearly a very serious issue and should, therefore, not be treated as a joke. Speaking to the Huffington Post Brodksy said: “One of my goals with the article, and in proposing a new statute, is to provide a vocabulary and create ways for people to talk about what is a really common experience that just is too often dismissed as just ‘bad sex’ instead of ‘violence'."
why u making rape sound like a partytrick smh https://t.co/TqWWxEX3Jm— tom harlock (@tom_harlock) April 24, 2017
It's both affirming and terrible to write about an under-acknowledged form of gender violence and hear a chorus of "me, too" in response— Alexandra Brodsky (@azbrodsky) April 24, 2017
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