OP10: Rape as Spectator Sport and Creepshot Entertainment: Social Media and the Valorization of Lack of Consent

  • Kelly Oliver Vanderbilt University


Lack of consent is valorized within popular culture to the point that sexual assault has become a spectator sport and creepshot entertainment on social media. Indeed, the valorization of nonconsensual sex has reached the extreme where sex with unconscious girls, especially accompanied by photographs as trophies, has become a goal of some boys and men.


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Author Biography

Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University

Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of over 100 articles, thirteen books, and ten edited volumes. Her authored books include, most recently, Hunting Girls: Spectacles of Assault from The Hunger Games to Party Rape on Campus, forthcoming from Columbia University Press; Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions, published last fall also with Columbia. Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital
came out with Fordham UP in 2013; Knock me up, Knock me down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film was published by Columbia UP in 2012; Animal Lessons: How They Teach us to be Human in 2009; also, Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex and the Media (2007); The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Theory of Oppression (2004); Noir Anxiety: Race, Sex, and Maternity in Film Noir (2002); and perhaps her best-known work, Witnessing: Beyond Recognition published with Minnesota UP in 2001. She has published in The New York Times and has been interviewed on ABC television news, various radio programs, and Canadian Broadcasting Network. Her work has been translated into seven languages.

How to Cite
Oliver, K. “OP10: Rape As Spectator Sport and Creepshot Entertainment: Social Media and the Valorization of Lack of Consent”. American Studies Journal, 1, //ojs.sub.uni-goettingen.de/index.php/ASJ/article/view/41.