After the Massacre: Canadian Sexual Assault Law and the Construction of Neoliberal Sexual Citizenship

Lise Gotell will be speaking today, Wednesday, January 20, from 3:00pm - 4:30 pm in Senate Chambers, 326 Old Arts Building, University of Alberta. “This talk explores the reconstruction of sexual violence in a context of neoliberalism, focusing on the post-Ewanchuk development of an affirmative consent standard in Canadian law and the development of neoliberal sexual citizenship. Discourses of responsiblization and risk management underpin recent sexual assault decisions, constituting the ideal victim as the rape-preventing subject who exercises appropriate caution (yet fails) and the normative masculine sexual subject as he who avoids the risk of criminalization through securing consent.”