Barnard sophomore part of activist group behind Playboy hoax
Looks like gutsy consent activism is closer to home than we thought: A Barnard sophomore was one of the student activists involved in the recent fake Playboy consent article.
Remember that time we told you about the Columbia-in-Playboy hoax? To recap: Columbia’s “Keeping Sex Sexy” consent pillowcases were ‘featured’ on Playboy Magazine’s new top ten party commandments list, that was published with a sexual consent theme. Turned out that the page was really a front for generating awareness against sexual violence by the feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. The group targeted Victoria’s Secret last year in a similar operation.
Cinneah El-Amin, BC ’16, was among the college activists who helped engineer the creative prank. A peer educator at the Barnard-Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, El-Amin told ThinkProgress that the campaign received a good response in the Barnard/Columbia community. FORCE’s campaign aims to generate a culture of consent on college campuses, using humor (case in point: a fake Playboy feature) to get the message across. Other students on the team with El-Amin included student advocates from Oberlin and the University of Michigan.
If the creative campaign worked so well with a young, college-going readership, I wonder what Playboy and other lifestyle magazines could take away from this. Learning about consent doesn’t have to be limited to a mandatory two-hour session during NSOP, filled with awkward freshmen playing icebreakers that fail to thaw the silence. Consent can be as catchy and loud on the pages of a glossy magazine as it on a Columbia pillowcase. Especially if El-Amin and her comrades have anything to say about it. And since the urge to pun tonight is so overwhelming, what’s the harm in being a con(sensual) artist now and then?