Please read this article from The New York Times about Jonathan Kalin's efforts to educate college students about sexual consent in relation to this week's interview with Taylor Yocom about her series Guarded.
“Where did I learn about sexual consent?”
Jonathan Kalin was standing before an auditorium of Trinity College freshmen, pressing play on a clip from the movie “Superbad.”
The 2007 film, you may recall, tells the story of two schlubby high school friends on a quest to lose their virginity before college. In this particular scene, the main characters, played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, are standing in the middle of a soccer scrimmage dissecting whether or not Mr. Hill’s romantic interest wants to hook up with him. The evidence, in this case, is booze: She had asked him to help her buy some for her party.
Mr. Hill relays a familiar scenario to his friend: Girl gets drunk at party; girl has sex with guy; the next morning, girl regrets what happened. He pauses, excitedly. “We could be that mistake!”
The students in the room laughed, albeit hesitantly. This was a lecture about consent, after all.
“So what did we just learn about sexual consent from Michael Cera and Jonah Hill?” Mr. Kalin asked.
“There wasn’t any, really,” a young man in the front called out.
“Exactly,” Mr. Kalin said. “It’s not just that it’s O.K. to get drunk and have sex with them, it’s that it’s actually cool.”
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