In May, the academic journal Gender, Place & Culture published a study of sexual misconduct in Portland dog parks. The authors argued that dog parks are rape-condoning spaces, and the actions of their canine visitors offer valuable insight for how men can be trained out of their own abusive behavior. The paper was titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon” – catchy, right? – and the “data” in the study was based on a year spent watching dogs hump each other.
If you’re thinking “you’ve got to be kidding me,” I have good news and bad news.