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Purdue ‘Sex Position’ comic causes outrage
The Purdue University’s student newspaper, The Exponent, has issue an apology for running a cartoon that many viewed as promoting rape. The comic feature, Sex Position of the Week, depicted a male character (all in silhouette) having sex with a female (from the rear), then allowing another male to also engage in the position without the female aware of the switch.
The Editor-in-Chief, Zoe Hayes wrote in her apology:
First things first: We made a mistake in printing Friday’s sex position of the week, and I, the editorial board, anOur apologies extend to the entire campus, both men and women; to alumni, parents, and current and former faculty and staff; and to anyone who saw the graphic and was offended or triggered by what was depicted. We’ve heard from many of you and understand your concerns.
For those of you who missed it, Friday’s sex position of the week depicted a man having sex with a woman, then switching out with a second man without the woman’s knowledge.
On Friday and over the weekend, we received a flood of e-mails and phone calls telling us that this sort of graphic is unacceptable. And as soon as we received the first one and looked at it again – really looked at it – we agreed. If someone engages in any sexual act with anyone without his or her explicit consent, it’s rape. The comic can easily be interpreted that way.