Column: Let’s talk about body counts

SeX and Relationships, A BRAVE Column By Andrea Butler, A BRAVE Peer Educator CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST DISCUSSES RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE A body count is how many people an individual has slept with since that person first had sex. It is inherently tied to the derogatory notion that the number of past sexual partners and who they were determines someone’s worth. For example, if someone has a lower body count than their partner, they are probably perceived as “inexperienced.” In contrast, those with a higher number may be perceived as “easy.” What happens is each scenario prevents one from … Continue reading Column: Let’s talk about body counts

Column: Virginity is a social construct

SeX and Relationships, a BRAVE Column By Hannah Thompson, A BRAVE Peer Educator CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST DISCUSSES RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE Repeat after me. Virginity is a social construct. Hookup culture elevates the prevalence of virginity and places certain pressure on “losing/taking” one’s virginity, especially on a college campus. In this environment, it is necessary for us to take time to process and break down the true meaning of virginity, how it varies from person to person and the societal expectations that surround it.  Virginity was conceptualized as a Christian ideology, where a woman’s state of not yet having … Continue reading Column: Virginity is a social construct

Column: Whether or not you fight, doesn’t make it right

SeX and Relationships, A BRAVE Column By Caroline Dziubek, A BRAVE Peer Educator CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST DISCUSSES RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE There are a lot of questions about what is and isn’t defined as rape. One question I hear a lot: if a person didn’t fight back against their attacker, does that mean it wasn’t rape? In other words, if a person didn’t fight back, they must have wanted it, right? Wrong.  Rape is determined by a lack of consent, not by the victim’s ability to fight back. The latter belief is what we call a “rape myth,” or … Continue reading Column: Whether or not you fight, doesn’t make it right