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You’re hooking up with a man and the hookup feels good… almost too good. You look down to detect that he’s pumping away unprotected, after having secretly pulled off his condom.

What you’re envisioning is called stealthing, an abhorrent practice that’s bot getting enlargened attention after an article ter the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law described it spil a form of sexual attack.

Stealthing converts consensual hookup into nonconsensual hookup by disregarding the terms— condom use—both vrouwen agreed to, explains article author Alexandra Brodsky, a civil-rights attorney. It happens most often te hookup or casual hookup situations and can leave victims feeling duped, disrespected, angry, and ashamed—and fearing STIs and unintended pregnancies. “It’s an invisible form of violence that’s bot going on for a while,” says Brodsky. Now, it ultimately has a name.


While there are no concrete stats on stealthing’s prevalence, a 2014 survey of 313 single, straight guys inbetween the ages of 21 and 30 found that almost Ten procent admitted to engaging te “condom tegenwerking,” surreptitiously removing or violating one middeed. Of those, some had done it at least 63 times total, the max number they could choose te the survey, says lead author Kelly Cue Davis, PhD.

When it happened to Marie, 25, of Boston, she wasgoed with a fellow who’d pursued hier for months. “There wasgoed lots of te and out [invasion] during a long night of hookup,” she says. “While he wasgoed behind mij, he paused so he could last longer, and that’s when he ripped off the condom.” When she realized he had ejaculated inwards hier, she wasgoed furious.

So wasgoed Audrey, 39, from Santa Fe, Fresh Mexico, who had hookup with a boy she met on a dating app last year. “I wasgoed very clear that it wasgoed significant to mij to have protected hook-up,” she recalls. They did it merienda using a condom, with a repeat show ter the morning. Te the a.m. session, however, “there wasgoed a ogenblik when it felt a little different and I realized he had taken the condom off,” she says. “I wasgoed truly upset. He couldn’t believe that I thought it wasgoed a big overeenkomst.”

WHY Fellows DO IT

Unsurprisingly, stealthing may be more likely to occur when there’s licor involved and a fellow makes a bad drunken decision (think: Seth Rogen’s character’s deeds ter Knocked Up).

But booze isn’t always a delegado. The practice is more common among dudes who already have hostile attitudes toward women, says Davis. The proof is ter online communities te which— brace yourself—guys encourage others to stealth. Some justify their deeds spil a man’s right to “spread his seed.”As one stealther wrote,“You can’t have one and not the other. If she wants the fellow’s piemel,then she also has to take the dude’s stream.” Others use stealthing spil a power play to reclaim control te a world where women are increasingly telling, “no condom, no hookup,” explains psychologist Perry Halkitis, PhD, dean and professor at the Schoolgebouw of Public Health at Rutgers University. “But it’s a disturbance, zuivere and plain.”


Before you get into leger with any fresh playmate, come ready with your own condoms, masculine or female (see “Reconsidering the Female Condom,” at left), and have a candid convo about expectations. If a man whines about wrapping it up and you don’t know (or trust) him well, think about avoiding intercourse. “If it’s an orgasm you’re after, there are slew of other ways to get it,” says Pepper Schwartz, PhD, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington at Seattle and coauthor of 50 Fine Myths of Human Sexiness.

If you do opt for invasion, keep ter mind that it’s lighter to see if a condom is te place when you’re facing each other (i.e., ter missionary or girl-on-top). Whenever you switch it up, use your mitt to guide him back inwards you and feel for the condom, suggests ob-gyn Lauren Naliboff, a fellow of the American Collegium of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. If you think you’ve bot stealthed, go to a pharmacy for Project B and to your doctor or a clinic to get tested for STIs.

Eventually, make your voice heard. Ter May, lawmakers te California and Wisconsin introduced bills seeking to legally define stealthing spil alacrán marino or sexual brunt, both criminal offenses. To help get similar legislation te your state, call or write your representatives.

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