It’s dangerous. It’s nonconsensual. It’s a violation! “Stealthing” isn’t smart and could cause all kinds of problems, ranging from disease to unwanted pregnancy. Here’s what we know.
It’s no secret. People can do stupid things during sex. However, while this isn’t exactly “new,” it’s still just as dangerously foolish as ever.
— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) April 25, 2017
Some people have never heard of its technical name, but they’ve possibly experienced it — or know of someone who fell victim to the tactic.
Now, it seems to be a trending sex exploit.
Stealthing happens during sexual intercourse. It’s when a male decides to go “raw” without the female knowing. Essentially, he starts off with a condom, but sometime during intercourse, he slips it off and continues without one.
If you're the type of person that's into stealthing (removing your condom during sex without your partners consent), you're a piece of shit.
— #1 BAMF @ AnthroCon (@HawthorneFox) April 24, 2017
Surely, you can imagine the types of problems this could present.
One, it’s not consensual. According to the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, it’s actually considered sexual assault. The source states as follows.
“Such condom removal, popularly known as ‘stealthing,’ can be understood to transform consensual sex into nonconsensual sex by one of two theories, one of which poses a risk of over-criminalization by demanding complete transparency about reproductive capacity and sexually transmitted infections.”
According to Alexandra Brodsky, lead author on the article, she found a group where men encourage other men to “stealth” their sexual partners — as reports New York Post. So, this is an epidemic for real.
Besides th risks women&men get exposed to (stealthing happens in homosexual sex too), it is non-consensual, it is a violation, it is rape.
— CurateFem|Kumarclark (@CurateFeminist) April 22, 2017
It’s Not Just ‘Bad Sex’
As mentioned, Brodsky mentions that it’s a really common experience. However, she notes that it often gets cast off as “bad sex.” But, it’s actually assault.
— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) April 24, 2017
In January, as reports Independent, a man was convicted of rape because he “stealthed” a woman during sex. The source says that the woman would’ve said “no” if there was no condom. So, since he removed the condom, it was the same thing in the court’s eye.
You know…what if that person has a disease and spreads it willingly?
Some people just don’t care. It’s not a game.
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