A Bunch of Bad Metaphors For Sexual Consent and a Few Better Ones

SexEdPlus Dan
Dec 7, 2018 · 5 min read
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Simple as Tea


Piece of Cake


Traffic Lights


Watching a Movie, Borrowing a Car, Listening to a Song, Getting a Tattoo, Cooking Breakfast, Playing Cards, and Lifting Weights


Business Contracts

When you make a business contract, you’re obligated to fulfil the terms of the agreement. And if you don’t, you can face severe consequences. But sometimes people say they are going to have sex and then decide not to, and they shouldn’t be forced to have sex or punished for that decision. Sex should not be treated like a business contract.


Modeling and Photography

When your partner shares your nudes without your permission, that’s a violation of consent.


Medical Procedures

Medical care relies on the idea of informed consent, that people should be told about their options and risks before making medical decisions. Informed consent looks a little different when we’re talking about sex, but it’s an important idea there too. If you lie about your STI status so get someone to have sex with you, that’s a violation of consent.


Money


Castles


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