Preaching Conditional Respect

“Girls,” the pastor preached from the pulpit of our youth service, “you have to respect yourselves. Cover your skin; you’re not meat on display in a window! When us guys see you dressed in those booty shorts or mini skirts we can’t help but look. We’re visual beings and it’s in our DNA to end…

Why Rape Culture Persists

When I was a preschooler, someone I trusted watched sexually explicit content in front of me. That person later pulled a blanket off of me and asked me to name my genitals. When I was 14, he touched my boobs whenever he got the chance. He was pretty sly about it though. He’d put his…