With the rise of digital platforms, the popularity of smartphone apps and apps like Grindr has given men in particular more choice over whom to have sex with and who they want to hook up with.
But it has also unleashed a vicious cycle of sexual abuse, according to experts.
Dr. Laura Dunn, PhD, a sexual violence expert, said one of the leading causes of sexual violence is a lack of education in men’s sexual knowledge, according to a BBC report.
“Society isn’t teaching men about sex or consent,” she said. “They’re not getting the message that it is OK to say no because it’s considered less acceptable by society.”
She said that, if this were to change, it would take time but the consequences could be significant.
“If the lack of understanding is in part due to lack of consent and in part due to social stigma or shame, those men and women who are sexually abused at a rate of one every 15 minutes have had an uneducated sex life,” she told the BBC.
In a recent survey of more than 35,000 British men, 35 percent said “no” at least once.
But only 16 percent of the men who participated in the survey also said they knew the terms of consent and consent.
But how can men learn that “no” is a valid option? We asked Dr. Dunn to explain how.
The “No” Answer
Dr. Dunn explained that the “no” is a very general statement. In fact, if you think about it, everyone gives you permission all the time. When you’re walking to the bus stop, you say “okay.” When you’re on the bus, you say “yes.”
But that doesn’t mean that men aren’t given opportunities to say “no.”
“Some people give you certain things and then never say no,” Dr. Dunn said. “What we’ve got is that men think ‘no’ means that no means yes, and to say yes is to say yes.”
Dr. Dunn explained that, often, men aren’t given specific instructions that say, for example, “No means no, go to the next aisle.” She said that men, instead of being told, “Yes means yes,” say, “no means stop,” which is “inherently ambiguous.”
For example, if a man says, “Do you mind if I do these four things?” you may ask,
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