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6 responses to “It’s not “sex”, it’s rape: teen girls and “unwanted sex””

  1. orlando

    The article has a comment facility at the bottom; I suggest we make sure they hear from all of us.

  2. Rebekka

    Orlando, done.

  3. Lisa

    I’m sick of seeing the boys left out of all these discussions – I mean, the girls aren’t out there having “unwanted sex” with themselves are they? There seems to be this moral panic about girls drinking which in my view is totally out of proportion – most of the problems caused by binge drinking – the raping, the vandalism, the beating the crap out of each other and innocent bystanders, the offensively boorish behaviour – are mainly caused by the boys. Yet nearly everything I read about teenage drinking centres on girls.

  4. Natalia

    “Unwanted sex,” eh? I guess the 9/11 hijackers performed “unwanted application of flying planes to Pentagon, WTC & ground.”

    It amazes me how people still need to be told to take rape seriously, it really does.

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  6. Jennifer

    To a certain extent, I can understand referring to it as ‘unwanted sex’ in the actual research when actually asking the teens, because, primarily thanks to rape culture, there’s a decent chance that the teens (actually anyone) will do the “oh what happened to me wasn’t really rape” in their heads if the question is simply rape. But I agree that it’s faily to continually report it without acknowledging what ‘unwanted sex’ actually is – rape.

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