We recently learned that 65 per cent of people are still having unprotected sex, and nearly half of those are never using a condom.
And while that statistic alone is particularly alarming, wait till you get a load of this: a new study published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law revealed a new disturbing sex trend where guys take off their condom during intercourse without telling their partner, a phenomenon the experts have called “stealthing.”
Yep, it’s just as insane as it sounds. Dr Sinead Ring of Kent Law School aptly points out in an article that if a woman consents to having sex with a condom, doesn’t mean consent still applies if the male decides to take off the condom mid-session. A man in Switzerland was jailed for this very reason.
Alexandra Brodsky, study author, told the Huffington Post that she decided to study “stealthing” in 2013 when many of her female friends experienced violence, disrespect and the act of stealthing itself from their sexual partners.
While you already know that unprotected sex puts both parties at risk of catching an STD and maybe even an unwanted pregnancy, not much thought is given to the emotional damage done to females who are victims of this lewd act.
What’s worse, Brodsky discovered there are guys out there who actually encourage this disgusting type of behaviour, offering their fellow “stealthers” tips on how best to pull it off. Brodsky’s aim is to get this phenomenon out in the open and to “redefine the laws of consent.”
“One of my goals with the article, and in proposing a new statute, is to provide a vocabulary and create new ways for people to talk about what is a really common experience that just is too often dismissed as just ‘bad sex’ instead of ‘violence'”, Brodsky said.