How can performance prevent rape?

On-stage performance can help us reimagine what we take for granted. This blog looks at how performance can explore different ways to be a woman or a man, and negotiate relationships that are flexible, fun, and freeing.

I suggest that performance can be used as a tool in rape prevention. I look at how performative methods of rape prevention may build upon and develop other forms of social education that work to end rape, creating possibilites for different ways to engage in intimate relationships.

This blog is a personal, theoretical, and performative exploration of how performance can be used in rape prevention.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chat Room - Staying Safe in Bed

Soon I will be going out in my pyjamas, taking my bed into busy public spaces, and inviting people into it.

Do you think that's provocative?

I just wanna talk. About intimacy. And play. Playfully. I don't wanna be treated like a travelling sex worker.

How do I keep myself safe, but create dangerous performance that has the ability to transform?

  1. Don't wear pyjamas. They're see-through.
  2. Don't talk to drunk people. They won't remember anyway.
  3. Have some rules, like 'Don't embarrass yourself, you're on camera'.

Any other ideas....??


  1. Have an empty-handed colleague nearby just in case?
    Have rreading material at hand? To distibute?
    Bedtime stories? Bouncing on the bed like children? Pillow fights?
    Monsters under the bed?
    Have some ggreat researchical fun!

  2. Hi Heidi,
    Yes - I think I'm getting my head around it a bit differently now. I got thrown by people's comments i guess. But i think I might use dancing and stories and cake.
    Yes, it IS fun!