By Ashley Maier on July 19, 2013 · tagged as , ,

Healthy sexuality and…baseball?

baseballs in a basket

photo: Flicker Creative Commons – Paul Hadsall

A major component of work to prevent sexual and domestic violence is, of course, work to promote healthy sexuality.  This is where we start to address issues like comprehensive sexuality education and…baseball?  Well, we may not talk about baseball when discussing healthy sexuality, but anyone who has worked in sexuality education, with sexuality educators, or who has even heard a mainstream conversation about sexual activity, has likely heard that very popular metaphor.

Cara Corchesne from the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault recently shared an interesting video critiquing the baseball metaphor as our dominant cultural metaphor and offering an alternative that promotes a new vision of healthy sexuality.  In the video, speaker Al Vernacchio, a sexuality educator, argues that:

This baseball model is incredibly problematic. It’s sexist, it’s heterosexist, it’s competitive, it’s goal-directed, and it can’t result in healthy sexuality developing in young people or in adults.

Vernacchio then offers a much different metaphor.  Curious?  Watch the video here or below – you may be surprised.

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Ashley Maier, MSW, MPA, has worked in the movement to end gendered violence for well over a decade. She began as a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in Illinois, served as a hospital-based advocate in St. Louis, coordinated community health/family violence training programs for pediatric residents in St. Louis and San Diego, and managed Oregon’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grantees and program. Ashley is a contributing author to Lantern Book’s 2013 publication, Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat and is creator of the 2015 book, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice.

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