Throughout the month of April, join Ampersand for weekly discussions of the chosen book where book club members will share their thoughts, make connections, and explore the topic of consent culture. A reception will be held at the end of April for anyone who has participated in the book club, or would like to engage in a final discussion of the book.
Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center is hosting their first ever book club during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2019.
Our chosen book is Ask: Building Consent Culture an anthology edited by Kitty Stryker.
About the Ask
Have you ever heard the phrase "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission?" Violating consent isn't limited to sexual relationships, and our discussions around consent shouldn't be, either. To resist rape culture, we need a consent culture—and one that is more than just reactionary. Left confined to intimate spaces, consent will atrophy as theory that is never put into practice. The multi-layered power disparities of today's world require a response sensitive to a wide range of lived experiences. In Ask, Kitty Stryker assembles a retinue of writers, journalists, and activists to examine how a cultural politic centered on consent can empower us outside the bedroom, whether it's at the doctor's office, interacting with law enforcement, or calling out financial abuse within radical communities. More than a collection of essays, Ask is a testimony and guide on the role that negated consent plays in our lives, examining how we can take those first steps to reclaim it from institutionalized power.
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