Consent A Memoir Of Unwanted Attention

  

Author Donna Freitas on her Memoir, Consent on Campus and Title IX. By Meredith Wolf Schizer On 08/22/19 at 5:00 AM EDT. Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention. In Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, Donna Freitas delivers a forensic examination of the years she spent stalked by her professor, and uses her nightmarish experience to examine the ways in which we stigmatize, debate, and attempt to understand consent.

Alma materGeorgetown University, Catholic University of America
OccupationWriter, scholar
Notable work
Sex & the Soul

Consent on Campus: A Manifesto

Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention
Websitehttps://www.donnafreitas.com/

Donna Freitas (pronounced FRAY-tus)[1] (born 1972)[citation needed] is a scholar, teacher, writer, and author of fiction and non-fiction for both adults and teenagers. Born in Rhode Island,[2] the most Catholic state in the United States,[3] Freitas's Catholic religion and spirituality inform much of her writing. Her writing also addresses sexuality, consent, and college campus culture.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Freitas was a gymnast for 7 years, but at age fifteen she retired because of injuries.[4] She received a B.A. in philosophy and Spanish from Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. in religion from Catholic University of America.[2]

Career[edit]

Consent A Memoir Of Unwanted Attention

Academic institution positions[edit]

Freitas taught at Boston University in the Department of Religion and Hofstra University in the Honors College.[2][5] Freitas has lectured at over 200 college campuses about sexual assault.[6]

Freitas currently serves as a research affiliate at the University of Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Religion and Society.[7]

Writing[edit]

Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses (2008) addresses the connections between sexuality and spirituality/religion at seven United States universities and colleges, including non-religious public, secular private, Catholic private, and evangelical private institutions. Her research included an online survey, with more than 2,500 responses, as well as interviews.[8][9] One hundred and eleven students were interviewed: 48 men and 63 women. Freitas concluded that the largest conflicts between sexuality and spirituality were between evangelical and non-evangelical institutions, rather than religious and non-religious ones. Freitas argued that students enrolled in Catholic institutions responded in a similar way as those at non-religious institutions. Overall, students did not find that their sexuality and spirituality/religion informed each other very much. On the other hand, Freitas discovered that students in evangelical institutions made conscious efforts to reconcile their sexuality with their spirituality/religion perhaps because they more often self-identified as religious and spiritual.[9]Sex & the Soul is the first major study investigating young people's attempts at reconciling spirituality and sexuality. Freitas called for real-life solutions to these conflicts.[10]

Consent on Campus: A Manifesto (2018) explored the widespread problem of sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses. Freitas argues that this problem is because of both the widespread failure of colleges and universities to educate students about sex and consent and 'hookup culture.' Freitas aimed to provide a more complete education about consent and proposed ways to have more constructive conversations. Freitas argued that consensual sex must be communicative.[11]

Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (2019) explained the personal dimensions of Freitas's work with consent on college campuses. In the 1990s at the Catholic University of America, a professor and priest ('Father L') harassed Freitas. This book explored Freitas's experiences with the ways in which Father L's mentorship quickly changed into harassment and stalking and how her university's administration did little to help.[6]

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Works[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • The Possibilities of Sainthood (2008) ISBN9780374360870
  • This Gorgeous Game (2010) ISBN9780374314729
  • The Survival Kit (2011) ISBN9780374399177
  • Gold Medal Summer (2012) ISBN9780545327886
  • Gold Medal Winter (2014) ISBN9780545643771
  • The Tenderness of Thieves (2015) ISBN9780399171369
  • Unplugged (2016) ISBN9780062118615
  • The Body Market (2017) ISBN9780062118646
  • The Mind Virus (2017) ISBN9780062118660
  • The Healer (2018) ISBN9780062662118

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for the Bridget Jones in All of Us (2003) ISBN9780787976286
  • Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullman's Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials (2007) ISBN9780787982379
  • Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses (2008) ISBN9780190221287
  • The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy (2013) ISBN9780465002153
  • Consent on Campus: A Manifesto (2018) ISBN9780190671150
  • Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (2019) ISBN9780316450522
  • The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (2019) ISBN9780190239855

References[edit]

  1. ^ ab'Donna Freitas Dishes on Sex, Catholic Clergy Scandals, and Her Beautiful New Novel 'This Gorgeous Game''. Flunking Sainthood. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  2. ^ abcd'Donna Freitas Authors Macmillan'. US Macmillan. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  3. ^'RI remains most Catholic state in the country'. WPRI.com. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  4. ^'Donna Freitas Books, Author Biography, and Reading Level Scholastic'. scholastic.com. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  5. ^'Donna Freitas'. DeFiore and Company. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  6. ^ ab'Donna Freitas Is a Consent Expert, but Her Own Story Was Hard to Tell'. Bitch Media. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  7. ^Dame, Marketing Communications: Web // University of Notre. 'People // Center for the Study of Religion and Society // University of Notre Dame'. Center for the Study of Religion and Society. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  8. ^Leonard, Kageler (2008). 'Reviewed Work: Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses by Donna Freitas'. Review of Religious Research. 50 (4): 484–485. ISSN0034-673X. JSTOR25593762.
  9. ^ abKnight, Becky (2009-03-05). 'A Review of: 'Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses''. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 35 (2): 158–159. doi:10.1080/00926230802695183. S2CID143881745.
  10. ^Harris, Heidi (Summer 2009). 'Meeting Donna Freitas: A Review of Sex and the Soul and an Interview'. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 42 (2): 127–136.
  11. ^Robinson, Shannon (2019-06-27). 'Book review: Donna Freitas, Consent on Campus: A Manifesto'. Theory and Research in Education. 17 (2): 229–231. doi:10.1177/1477878519860395. S2CID198619199.
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Synopsis

'Consent is compelling and disturbing and a welcome expansion of our urgent conversation'--Rebecca Traister Donna Freitas has lived two lives. In one life, she is a well-published author and respected scholar who has traveled around the country speaking about Title IX, consent, religion, and sex on college campuses. In the other, she is a victim, a woman who suffered and suffers still because she was stalked by her graduate professor for more than two years. As a doctoral candidate, Freitas loved asking big questions, challenging established theories and sinking her teeth into sacred texts. She felt at home in the library, and safe in the book-lined offices of scholars whom she admired. But during her first year, one particular scholar became obsessed with Freitas' academic enthusiasm. He filled her student mailbox with letters and articles. He lurked on the sidewalk outside her apartment. He called daily and left nagging voicemails. He befriended her mother, and made himself comfortable in her family's home. He wouldn't go away. While his attraction was not overtly sexual, it was undeniably inappropriate, and most importantly--unwanted. In Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, Donna Freitas delivers a forensic examination of the years she spent stalked by her professor, and uses her nightmarish experience to examine the ways in which we stigmatize, debate, and attempt to understand consent today.