The Oberlin Review

College senior Sophie Meade (left), College juniors Karalyn Grimes and Laura Shriver and others lift a mattress to show their solidarity with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In line with the national Carry That Weight Day of Action, several students and faculty members carried mattresses, blankets and pillows around campus as a visual
demonstration of the burden of being a survivor of sexualized violence.

Obies ‘Carry That Weight’ on Day of Action

October 31, 2014

Trigger warning: This article contains discussion of sexualized and domestic violence. Armed with mattresses, pillows and blankets, several students and faculty members visualized the burden of sexualized violence this past Wednesday and showed their solidarity for survivors by carrying — and sometimes dragging — their bed-related items around campus. The widespread visualization was part of the Carry That Weight Day of Action, a national event in which students, staff and faculty at colle...

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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