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Rape Culture #1: Introduction

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A new series by Joy Pedrow Skarka

[Trigger warning] Day three of my freshman year of college, I had said, “No,” countless times. I went to his apartment (totally sober), not realizing the possibilities of what could happen. As the night progressed, I started to understand his plan.

            “No, no, I don’t want to have sex.”

            “Are you sure?” he persisted. 

            “I haven’t had sex before. I should go.”

            “No, don’t go, stay with me. I promise we won’t have sex.” He put his hands around my hips and pulled me close to him.

It happened late at night, and I had just moved into my new dorm days earlier, so I had no idea how to get back home. “Okay, I’ll stay the night. But we should go to bed.” 

            We laid there on the tiny twin dorm bed. I drifted off to sleep.

            Groggy, I woke up to …

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Bathsheba’s Story: How I changed my perspective

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Today we have a guest post from one of my former students, Sarah Bowler. I served as one of her thesis readers, and she did some brilliant work, a sampling of which you’ll find here: 
Bathsheba’s story captures our attention. Painters, such as Jean-Léon Gérôme or Rembrandt, have depicted her bathing provocatively. Actress Susan Hayword brought her story to life in the 1951 film “David and Bathsheba,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Authors speculate on her life in historical fiction works.
I’ve even stumbled across various forms of this social media meme (see photo).
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Notice the words “David had an affair,” a fairly common phrase. I thought little of it the first time I saw the meme, but when I conducted research for my thesis on Bathsheba, my perspective changed.
I started with the notion that Bathsheba tends to get a bad rap. I had always figured the details
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