Thursday, March 29, 2012


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will show an educational film titled “Asking for It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
            The educational film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel and is free and open to the public. A discussion facilitated by students and staff will take place after the film. The presentation is being coordinated by the LGBTS Alliance and philosophy students and sponsored by the Divisions of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological and Health Sciences, Communication and the Arts, and the Office of Community Engagement.
            The film features a lecture by Dr. Harry Brod, a professor of philosophy and leader in the pro-feminist men’s movement.
            Brod says that the line between sexual consent and sexual coercion is not always as clear as it seems and that is why sexual interactions should be approached with great care.
            Brod offers a unique take on the problem of sexual assault, one that complicates the issue even as it clarifies the bottom-line principle that consent must always be explicitly granted, never simply assumed.
            Brod served as director of the Iowa Regent Universities Men’s Gender Violence Prevention Institute and on the Board of Directors of Humanities Iowa.

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