I'M A WOMAN: WHY AM I NOT ALLOWED TO BE ANGRY?

As women, we are paid less, seen as incapable in the workplace, consciously concerned about our physical safety, and we’re not allowed to be angry about any of it. In our modern society, a woman is discouraged, almost shamed for being passionate about fighting for her rights or speaking up about vital issues. When a man stands up and speaks his mind and expresses his values, he is applauded and, most importantly, listened to. However, when a woman takes the podium, she is seen as over-emotional, attention-seeking and irrational. And yet women are supposed to be completely okay with this double standard.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY ASSAULTER

Let this letter be a reminder that sexual assault is something that is carried for years. The scars of it are real and remain fresh. Let this letter be a reminder how crucially important consent is, and how much destruction intimacy without consent can cause. To the victims of sexual assault, let this be a reminder that you are not alone; there are others that are with you.

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WHY IS CONSENT FOR EVERYDAY TOUCH IMPORTANT?

As the #MeToo movement has taken off, conversations about consent have shown just how complex and nuanced the topic is. I think it’s time to have a conversation about consent pertaining to everyday touch. If we can learn to ask for consent in our everyday physical interactions, that can lead to easier conversations about consent in sexual interactions. By making permission a prerequisite for basic everyday interactions, we can make those of us who don’t like being touched way more comfortable, and make asking for consent in general second nature.

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SWIPE LEFT: FINDING MY ASSAILANT ON TINDER

I was told that what happened to me was just how men were. I was told that it was just his country’s culture. I was called a liar by my friend who’s room it happened in. She even brought him to my own room a week later, rolling her eyes as she told him that he needed to apologize for “hurting” me. And he did - he told me he didn’t know he hurt me and he was sorry but he was drunk. I couldn’t breathe as he spoke, let alone look at him more than two seconds. He believed there was nothing wrong. And he left as such.

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WHAT IT MEANT TO SAY YES TO MYSELF

The average age at which Millennials lose their virginity is 17.4 years old, which is on par with the average age for all generations. Abstinence-only sex education is unrealistic. Not only do kids not learn how to prevent STIs, HIV, and pregnancy, but other very important topics get lost, including proper consent, self-love and care, and benefits of self-pleasure. For me, not having proper sex education led to a lot of problems with me not loving myself.

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TEACH 'EM YOUNG: ONE STEP CLOSER TO ENDING RAPE CULTURE

So what can we do to change this? The obvious fix: teach them young. What if sexual assault and harassment - what they are, their consequences, their dangers - were part of sex ed curriculum? If we ingrained consent, respect, and an understanding of sexual assault into school lessons, we would not only reach our youth before the media could, but they would also be equipped with the knowledge of how pervasive and damaging rape culture is in our society. Our youth would be raised on the ideas of respect, boundaries, and consent. They wouldn’t be raised to be a part of it; they would be raised to fight against it.

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6 WAYS RAPE CULTURE IS PREVALENT IN OUR SOCIETY

Rape culture is everywhere, and those that can’t see it are one of two things: uneducated or turning a blind eye to it. It’s in our music, our movies, our day-to-day lives. It’s in the interactions we have, we hear, and we see. It was taught to us since we were young, even by the people we trust. To break rape culture down means that we, as a society, must first educate ourselves, recognize it, and call it out.

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#PROJECTSAAM2018: WEEK FOUR ROUND UP

Throughout April, Project Consent has gathered news stories for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As #PROJECTSAAM2018 comes to a close today, let's round up the latest from this week. Remember that even though April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month may be over today, the world always needs more advocates to combat sexual assault and raise awareness for consent.

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE TO "CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, CHANGE THE CULTURE"

Project Consent’s latest campaign, Change the Conversation, Change the Culture is a narrative film series that seeks to provide a platform for victims whose stories have been swept under the rug. We’ve teamed up with survivor and actor Abigail Breslin, and filmed her powerful poem “1 in 4.” Using her poem as the basis, we created four other short stories scripts that are now ready to be turned into films. These stories left to be filmed shed light on the rape culture still found in our society today while also providing a voice to silence survivors. Project Consent is raising funds to support this campaign to further bring these films into fruition.

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IS THERE SPACE FOR SATIRE IN THE CURRENT CONSENT CONVERSATION?

Is there a difference between your friend mocking your sex life and the President of the United States telling the world it’s okay to grab women so long as you’re famous or important? Of course there is. And therein lies the problem - in our everyday lives, when are jokes just jokes, and when are they damaging to the effort to create a world where consent is not a question but a guarantee?

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