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Sexual Violence and the Myth of the Sex Addicted Man

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The dehumanization of sexual violence victims is a widespread phenomenon that is not inherently restricted to the female gender. Men are often marginalized as hypersexed, obsessed with and always craving sexual contact. Sexual violence conflicts with this constructed facade of masculinity, thus it is still commonly believed to be impossible to violate a man. 

Recently, Buzzfeed published a second collection of images from Project Unbreakable, a campaign fuelled by sexual violence victims dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault issues and promoting healing through art therapy. The collection features 26 male survivors, each holding signs quoting their attackers at the time of the assault. The piece ran as a companion to a previous work that featured a selection of women also holding signage for the project.

There is a lot that could be said about this project, about victim-blaming and harassment as an addendum to women’s rights, but the companion piece weighed heavy on my soul and reminded me that we’re not the only ones struggling for our voices to be heard. Many of the male quotes were skewed toward the belief that men are incapable of being sexually violated, which is mistakenly given credence by assuming that any stimuli capable of arousing his penis automatically translates to desire. Men are marginalized as insatiable sex machines and as a result, a biological and otherwise uncontrollable response is “asking for it.”

Read the rest of the article at Bluestockings Magazine!


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2 comments:

  1. Really loving this and I am so excited to see your work on Bluestockings. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! You are awesome (and I absolutely LOVE your photography by the way!).

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