Blogged by: Megan Larkin, F3 Intern – Philanthropy | Around the NFL

We live in a culture where the nuances of consent are being discussed more frequently and passionately than ever before—from the outrage over BYU’s mistreatment of students who reported sexual assault, to the popularity of the video ‘Tea Consent’ (video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8), which explains the idea of consent in amusingly simplistic terms. All too often, notable public figures and institutions are caught on the wrong side of these discussions, which is why a recent piece for The Player’s Tribune by the Detroit Lions’ DeAndre Levy is so heartening.

In the piece, entitled ‘Man Up’, Levy delivers a striking and impassioned message about fully understanding consent and its importance. The fact that someone in Levy’s position is delivering this argument is in itself a powerful statement. Levy is not the kind of figure that we are used to seeing discuss these topics, making his impassioned discourse one to take notice of. Throughout the piece, Levy thoughtfully and expertly discusses the intersection between our culture’s perceptions about masculinity and our problematic relationship with consent.

As Levy states, “…oftentimes, how powerful a man is is directly associated with his sexual exploits…The dehumanization and objectification of women are not issues that are specific to male athletes. They are societal problems.” This is, in essence, the thesis statement for the entirety of ‘Man Up’, an essay wherein Levy explores the conflation of sex, aggression and control and how these ideas and standards combine to our detriment.

Want to read Levy’s essay in full? Check it out here (link: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/deandre-levy-sexual-assault-awareness/).

 

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