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January 5, 2011 in Events
SAVE THE DATE!
February 10, 2011: Film Screening and Talk-Back with Activist and Documentarian, Nancy Schwartzman
That’s right! On February 10, right here in Chicago, Nancy Schwartzman is screening her amazingly-excellent documentary, THE LINE, to benefit SHEER.
Nancy’s work is an obvious fit with SHEER: her sex-positive, anti-rape work is nothing short of revolutionary! Nancy is a filmmaker, writer and activist working extensively in documentary film and strategic social justice outreach. Her area of focus is sex and communication. For over thirteen years she has created community solutions to prevent sexual violence and promote public debate. Her documentary, THE LINE explores sexual boundaries and consent from a sex-positive point of view. Emphasizing interactivity and new media, she launched THE LINE Campaign to empower young people to re-envision their intimate relationships.
More event information to follow…
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December 9, 2010 in Posts
Historically, it’s been easier to describe was sexual consent isn’t, than what it is. For example, according to Illinois Law (720 ILCS 5/12) a person cannot give consent to sexual activity if they are:
1) Unable to understand the nature of the act
2) Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
3) Under the age of 17
4) Forced, or there is threat of force
5) Coerced or persuaded to change their mind
Illinois law does not, however, clearly articulate how and when a person can give consent to sexual activity.
Luckily, some very smart people have been working to fill this gap. And since SHEER is all about clarifying consent and promoting pleasure, we invite to start thinking about how you can join the movement – in the privacy of your own bedroom. Please enjoy the following:
December 2, 2010 in Posts
It’s time to move from “no means no” to “yes means yes.”
While the motto “no means no” has been useful to the anti-rape movement, it implies that not saying “no” is the same as saying “yes.” This misconception allows our culture to frequently confuse rape with sex. We think this is a big problem.
Sexuality Health Education to End Rape (SHEER) is a groundbreaking Chicago-based coalition which uses a sex positive perspective to clarify confusion around consent and sexual assault. By creating age-appropriate, pro-consent curricula and lobbying for legislation that mandates an affirmative consent standard, SHEER works to create a world in which the lines between rape and sex are clear at individual as well as institutional levels; a world in which enthusiastic consent that is active, ongoing and mutual is the expectation and the norm.
Our partner organizations include:
SHEER is not your average coalition. We work within a non-hierarchical, modified-collective structure that values the voices of all our members. Our meetings are centered on authenticity and passion for this project. Please let us know if you’d like to join the coalition by emailing us at: SHEERonline@gmail.com.
It would be a pleasure to work with you.