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Beyond consent: Sexual violence prevention with young men

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Professor Nicola Gavey discusses the limitations of a consent-promotion model for sexual violence prevention and discusses a new approach.

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Winter Lecture Series 2020 - Beyond consent: Sexual violence prevention with young men

Professor Nicola Gavey

Engaging men and boys in sexual violence prevention is essential. We need to think carefully and critically, however, about how best to do this. I will discuss the limitations of a consent-promotion model for sexual violence prevention, as well as problems with some of the messaging that shapes traditional models for targeting men.

Both, I argue, risk obscuring rather than confronting the ongoing role of gendered norms, everyday sexism, and gender inequality in shaping the ‘cultural conditions of possibility’ for men’s sexual violence against women.

Introducing Shifting the Line, a collaborative project on gender, sexism and online ethics with Auckland boys and young men, I will then discuss a different way of thinking about prevention work with young men.

Professor Nicola Gavey is a psychologist in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her research over the past 35 years has focused on understanding the connection between sexual violence and everyday taken for granted norms around gender and sexuality. Last year, a second edition of her book, Just sex? The cultural scaffolding of rape, was published by Routledge.

Her current research includes an Australian Research Council-funded Australia–New Zealand–UK collaboration on image-based sexual abuse, and a just completed collaborative project on gender, sexism and online ethics with local boys and young men. She previously led a Marsden-funded social action project that aimed to raise critical conversations about the sexism, racism and misogyny within mainstream pornography.

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