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Asking For It - The Ethics & Erotics of Sexual Consent

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Asking For It - The Ethics & Erotics of Sexual Consent


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The line between sexual consent and sexual coercion is not always as clear as it seems - and according to Harry Brod, this is exactly why we should approach our sexual interactions with great care. Brod, a professor of philosophy and leader in the pro-feminist men's movement, offers a unique take on the problem of sexual assault, one that complicates the issue even as it clarifies the bottom-line principle that consent must always be explicitly granted, never simply assumed.

In a nonthreatening, non-hectoring discussion that ranges from the meanings of "yes" and "no" to the indeterminacy of silence to the way alcohol affects our ethical responsibilities, Brod challenges young people to envision a model of sexual interaction that is most erotic precisely when it is most thoughtful and empathetic. Ideal for classes in gender studies, communication, and sociology, and especially useful for extracurricular programs and workshops.

Harry Brod is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories, Theorizing Masculinities, Hegel's Philosophy of Politics: Idealism, Identity and Modernity, A Mensch Among Men: Explorations in Jewish Masculinity, and The Making of Masculinities: The New Men's Studies.

Filmmaker Info 
Directed & Edited by Sut Jhally 
Associate Producers: Scott Morris, Jason Young 
Director Of Photography: Tom Robertson 
Additional Cameras: Andrew Killoy, Scott Morris, Jason Young 
Sound: Andy Turrett 
Production Assistance: Loretta Alper

"Asking for It is an interesting and useful continuation to the conversation about sexual conduct on campus and between young people. Brod is a comfortable and commanding speaker... and it is informative to see a philosopher take on a practical ethical/legal issue of this sort. The film would be very appropriate viewing for all incoming college freshmen, and it would generate some lively analysis and debate in the classroom. Suitable for mature high school classes and for college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of gender, and American studies, as well as general audiences." - Jack David Eller | Anthropology Review Database

"An incredible approach to issues of gender, cultural diversity, masculinities, and power that truly relates to the reality of college students' lives." - Jenn Freitag | Coordinator Lighthouse Violence Prevention & Intervention Center, University of Central Missouri

"Harry was excellent and got great involvement. . . Very engaging and thought provoking. People felt safe to share . . . Best definition of consent and responsibility I have heard . . . Completely innovative way of talking about consent . . . Good use of humor to discuss difficult topics. Very engaging and connected to the audience . . . It was moving . . . Great info, well-presented and a useful model . . . Great thinking and motivating . . . Great theory and great presenter!" - "Violence Goes to College" Conference participants | University of Colorado

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