A new sexual trend has gained a lot of attention due to its disturbing nature, as it puts people at risk of getting diseases. It has been dubbed stealthing, and it consists of the act of removing the condom before sex without the consent of the other partner.
This is of great concern for both men and women. First of all, the man who does this also puts himself at risk, apart from his partner. He might become the victim of an unknown STD, as the woman might not know what she is suffering from, or she might be the carrier of a virus.
However, the biggest concern is not necessarily safety, but ethics. Before engaging in sexual intercourse, the partners have to discuss if they are going to practice safe sex or not. If they decide they want to stay safe, removing the condom without the knowledge of the other partner might count as rape. This is a violation, as people should refrain from doing things without the consent of the partner.
Where does this trend come from?
Alexandra Brodsky from National Women’s Law Center analyzed this phenomenon closely in search for an explanation.
“Proponents of stealthing root their support in an ideology of male supremacy in which violence is a man’s natural right.”
Stealthing – legal or not?
Forbes revealed that there are specialized online forums which inform men on how to be part of this stealthing movement. Some of those who are already adepts of such practices admit that this makes them more excited, while others think that they have the duty to “spread their seeds”.
At the moment, Brodsky and other law enforcement officials are trying to establish if such an activity is legal or not. Some might count it as rape, since partners who agree to safe sex would probably not have agreed if the man did not have a condom.
There have already been many victims of this stealthing trend. These women are confused, as they do not know if they have the right to take legal action against the offenders.
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