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 26, 2010

Intimacy Online?

I started Chat Room with the assumption that virtual worlds drive us apart. That a world so technologically-driven as ours leads to lower degrees of intimacy between us. We are too afraid to actually chat with someone face-to-face, so we so we go onto chatrooms and meet people virtually.

But now that I have found intimacy online my performance is somewhat different. It's so nostalgic to believe that the internet is a social evil.

I think it's fantastic.


  1. it is so! in many ways i see the internet as a celebration of the random, of chaos. it's interesting that journalists and musicians and others who have traditionally been paid to provide information/entertainment are now having to re-evaluate what they are being paid for. what is their role, their good? how can they create a community that supports them, rather than just assuming that a structure or a process will take care of it for them.

    i'm interested in the statement "now that i have found intimacy online". what do you mean by that?

  2. yeh - I also love that peo;le have to reevaluate the role of the media and books and print in general.

    When I say 'I have found intimacy online' it's exactly this! It's being able to chat with you, with Catherine, to talk to people on facebook, like my extended family.

    Oh skype! where would we be without it?

    and I can keep in touch with people I meet at conferences, and actually write to artists that i like. I used to think it felt like a mask - yes, it does - but ha! artists have always used masks to break through to parts of ourselves that we may not otherwise access.

  3. masks are old school ... :) ha, i get you. it's just another medium and the goodness is all in how you use it. sending cyber kisses to you love. x