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#12 – Understanding Male Sexual Aggression

Our news cycle has been filled with countless examples of male sexual misconduct, from sexual assault, to harassment, to just general creepiness across virtually every profession and social sphere. With the exception of our groper-in-chief, this has professionally hurt pretty much all of these men, and while we seem to be doing better at holding the perpetrators of these crimes accountable, we are still having trouble identifying why these acts of sexual misconduct are so widespread. To help us explore this question, we interviewed someone who’s been studying male sexual aggression for almost four decades: Dr. Neil Malamuth at UCLA.

About Our Guest

Dr. Malamuth is an interdisciplinary social scientist who’s most famous in psychology circles for developing the so-called Confluence Model of male sexual aggression, which takes a more comprehensive approach toward identifying the various factors (including personality traits, attitudes and values, past experiences, opportunity) and the synergistic way in which they come together to form the “perfect storm” for sexual violence.

It’s an absolutely fascinating conversation that was SO good, that we decided to keep it going for longer than usual and skip our usual Afterglow segment.

Don’t Miss This Week’s Foreplay…

In a victory for expecting parents, the New York State Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) will go into effect on January 1st, requiring virtually all private employers in New York to provide paid family leave benefits to eligible employees. The US is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t have federally mandated paid parental leave, with devastating consequences for maternal and infant mortality, health, and development. This NY state law is the most comprehensive in the country thus far. Read full article here.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has decided to not remove a painting that has caused some controversy, lately. The painting, called “Thérèse Dreaming” (1938), depicts a young girl in a suggestive pose in which her underwear is visible. An online petition calling to remove the painting received 8,000 signatures, citing the current climate around sexual misconduct as grounds for removal. Read article discussed here.






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