Consensual sexual relationships require the loosening of the boundaries of one’s physical and psychic space- it involves allowing another person to not only become close to you physically, but allowing [them] to know more about you. Sexual violence then suggests the violation of these boundaries on not only the physical but the spiritual and psychic level as well. In addition, sexual violence is ultimately structured around power relations- it entails establishing the power to control someone’s life. Similarly, “knowledge” about someone also gives one power of over that person. Withholding knowledge, then, is an act of resistance against those who desire to know you in order to better control you.
— Andrea Smith, Spiritual Appropriation As Sexual Violence (via adailyriot)
Reblogged from Rematriation.