#19 – BDSM vs. Rape Culture

Do consent-oriented communities (like BDSM) experience lower levels of rape culture?

A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Sex Research, aimed to explore whether communities that emphasize consent see less rape culture than our mainstream society. It compared various communities (college campuses, BDSM, and workplaces) to find out how the levels of sexism, victim blaming, sexual aggression and more stood. Turns out that the BDSM community saw the lowest level of these rape-culture associated ideas. In episode 19, Dr. Zhana and Joe talk to Dr. Kathryn Klement about her research on this topic.

About Our Guest

Dr. Kathryn Klement is a feminist social psychologist who specializes in research examining attitudes about women’s sexuality, sexual violence, and reproductive justice. She currently works at Bemidji State University where she teaches courses on human sexuality, women and gender, and research methods.

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