The Oberlin Review

Mathisson’s Course Registration Criticisms Lack Appreciation for Liberal Arts Education Benefits

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

November 15, 2019

 I am both a first-year and an international student, which means that I am constantly wondering about the value of my Oberlin education. The value to my personal development, academic goals, co-curricular interests, and — most importantly — to my parents’ wallets. Course selection is, therefore, of the utmost importance, because the first metric in my understanding of the benefit I gain from attending Oberlin is my satisfaction with the classes I attend.  Last week, Student Senator and College second-year David Mathisson wrote about his “multifaceted policy package to fix course selection,” in an article titled “Course Registration Issues Remain Unaddressed” (The Oberlin Review, Nov. 8, 2019) and I co...

Students from Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct painted a rock in Tappan Square to celebrate Consent Month,which aims to spread awareness of healthy sexual and consent practices.

Consent Month Reframes Sexual Conduct

April 6, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article contains mentions of sexual assualt, violence, and misconduct. Oberlin’s first official Consent Month debuts this April marking a collaborative effort between the Oberlin’s Office of Title IX, the student group Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct, the Sexual Information Center, and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. There will be speakers, programs, workshops, and events in the coming weeks to raise awareness around consent and healthy s...

Nothing to Celebrate: Consent Posters Do More Harm Than Good

Anne Buckwalter, Contributing Writer

November 14, 2014

During a recent visit to Student Health Services, I noticed something I did not like at all emblazoned on one of the stock posters in the exam room. While I’m sure that many of these posters could be considered problematic due to racism, male supremacy and other fatal flaws, the one I noticed was about consent. It read, “83 percent of college men respect their partner’s wishes about sexual activity.” I’m almost impressed that such triggering, heterosexist and poorly planned content could all be contained in one poster. The poster was created by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network in a campaign to involve men in the prevention of sexual assault. The RAINN poster seems to suggest that 83 percent represents...

Students Offer Personal Responses to Lena Dunham Abuse Allegations

November 7, 2014

Trigger warning: The following article contains detailed personal accounts of childhood sexualized violence. Due to the sensitive nature of these narratives, the authors have chosen pseudonyms.   –––––––––––––––––––   Lena Dunham, OC ’08, the creator and lead actress of the HBO series Girls, attracted headlines and scrutiny this week over allegations that she sexually abused her younger sister during childhood and as a teenager. The allegations first arose when conservative commentators Kevin Williamson (“Pathetic Privilege,” National Review, Nov. 3, 2014) and Bradford Thomas (“Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister,” Truth Revolt, Oct. 2...

Playboy Hoaxers Preach Sexual Consent, Support

Julian Ring, Arts Editor

December 13, 2013

In mid-September, what was ostensibly Playboy’s annual list of the top party schools surfaced online — only this time, their message was a bit different. Instead of ranking colleges based on their propensity for binge drinking and general licentiousness, Playboy’s list gave top honors to those schools that worked to promote awareness of sexualized violence and consent on campus. Assumed to be authentic, the list garnered significant attention online, as articles published by sites like the Huffington Post, Upworthy and BroBible all praised the typically illicit publication for taking a moral stance on the issue. So when it was revealed that, in fact, a team of activists from Baltimore had published the list u...

Playboy Hoax Creates Opportunity to Discuss Sexual Violence

The Editorial Board

September 20, 2013

This past Tuesday, social networkers were in awe of Playboy’s enlightened take on its infamous list of Top Party Schools. The guide spread like wildfire across the internet by college students and other supporters of the emergence of an anti-rape culture, one in which consent is verbalized “early, often and always,” collectively adopting the precept “don’t rape” rather than “don’t get raped.” But when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. In fact, a website masquerading as the official Playboy site was behind this promotion of safe and consensual sex. The organization FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture — also behind last year’s faux Victoria’s Secret campaign of panties promoting...

Consent: Our Role in the Interruption of Rape Culture

Sophie Hess, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2013

Trigger Warning: This article contains references to sexual violence. This week marked my weird public debut as a feminist hacker. I’ve been working with a group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture since August, helping to facilitate a viral internet event in which a fake Playboy website released a list of party commandments emphasizing consent and sex positivity. Since news of the hoax hit on Wednesday, I have been given the most amazing platform to actually talk about sexualized violence. Most of the time I have trouble convincing people that this issue is impor- tant. So let me just take advantage of my 15 minutes of internet fame and preach to you now. It is really, really important. Here is the statisti...

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