Here are two snapshots showing the roles men and woman play in sexuality.
One is from the present: An estimated 300 students walked out of classes in front of Arlington High School on Oct. 12, to advocate for better education about consent.
Consent about what? About sex, about no meaning no. About what sex means -- and that a lack of understanding leads to abuse.
The eight-minute consciousness-raising visibility on a Friday morning came about through the efforts of the Young Feminist Alliance and the Young Progressives at the school.
The walkout began with 98 seconds of silence. Young Feminists Alliance co-president Izzy O’Hagan noted that a person is sexually assaulted in the United States every 98 seconds.
“Every eight minutes, one of these victims is a teen or child,” O’Hagan said. “One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18 years old.”