This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me

// 19 February 2010

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An exhibition opened yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania, called This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me.

While this is not something that most UK feminists will be attending, I thought it was worth posting because of the incredibly powerful gallery of photographs on the exhibition’s website.

Words like:


a kiss is not a contract

a feel is not consent

and a hard-on

doesn’t give you

the right to force yourself

inside a woman

are moving and true and vital. There are images, too, of situations with the words ‘this is not an invitation to rape me’ placed at strategic points, and images of media reporting of rape sentencing, amongst other things.

I would recommend going over to the site and watching a slideshow of the images, though please bear in mind that they could be triggering to some.

Comments From You

Jess McCabe // Posted 19 February 2010 at 1:07 pm

Really powerful set of images!

Think it’s worth pointing out that at least some of the photos are from a Scottish anti-rape campaign.

Kate // Posted 19 February 2010 at 3:33 pm


you call you meet you talk

you laugh you eat you drink

you dance you flirt you leave

you kiss you touch you feel

she stops you don’t she stops

you don’t she stops you don’t

What are you doing?’

A good poem getting the message across.

aimee // Posted 19 February 2010 at 4:20 pm

This needs to be everywhere.

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