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Disturbing New Sex Trend: 'Stealthing'

| by Michael Allen

A new disturbing sex trend called "stealthing" is on the rise, according to a new study.

The study in Columbia Journal of Gender and Law published on April 23 found that stealthing, when a man removes a condom without his partner's consent before or during sex, is happening more frequently and placing women at risk for STDs and/or unwanted pregnancies, notes Medical Daily.

Alexandra Brodsky, the study's lead author and a member of the Legal Fellow for National Women’s Law Center, wrote in the study, "One can note that proponents of 'stealthing' root their support in an ideology of male supremacy in which violence is a man’s natural right."

According to Brodsky's study, there are online communities where misogynists insist that a man has the right to "spread his seed."

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A "stealthing how-to" guide reportedly included one man bragging about deceiving women: "I became VERY good at what i did. It took some trial and error but eventually i had full confidence that any time i hooked up with someone, [I] knew my *** would end up inside her by the end of the night. I did this over and over with so many girls [I] can't even begin to count them."

Rebecca, a doctoral student and stealthing victim, said in the report that she has received calls about stealthing at a rape crisis hotline where she works.

"Their stories often start the same way," Rebecca recalled. "'I’m not sure if this is rape, but…'"

One of the women in Brodsky's study referred to stealthing as "rape-adjacent," and another woman said it was a "blatant violation of what we’d agree(d) to."

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Brodsky told HuffPost Post that current laws may not work with stealthing cases.

"We know that the law doesn’t work for gender violence survivors," she said. "Many of the myths and assumptions and forms of skepticism that we see from judges approaching rape victims and other kinds of sexual assault victims are likely to be present in stealthing cases."

Brosky noted in her study that new laws may be needed.

"The law isn’t the answer for everyone, and it can’t fix every problem every time," she told HuffPost. "One of my goals with the article, and in proposing a new statute, is to provide a vocabulary and create 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.'"

WTSP asked some college students at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, if they had ever heard of stealthing.

"I've seen it in social media," one student said.

Another student added, It's not ethical and it's not right."

"You're susceptible to STDs, pregnancy, stuff like that," another said. "Emotional trauma."

Sources: Medical Daily, HuffPostWTSP / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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