Consent laws vary according to region and circumstances. It can make the subject complicated, but to grasp how consent works out in real life, you don't have to be a legal expert.
So, What is Consent?
Consent is an agreement to engage in sex between people. You can consent in different ways. Consent does not have to be verbal.
However, spoken words allow you and your partner to respect the expectations of each other when agreeing to different sexual practices.
How Does It Work in Reality?
Consent is all about communication when you engage in sexual activity. And you need to communicate it every time. Consenting to one activity, once, does not mean consenting to additional or repeated sexual contact.
Accepting to kiss another, for instance, does not allow that person to remove your clothing. Having sex with a partner in the past does not allow them to have sex with you in the future.
You Can Change Your Mind Anytime.
If you feel uncomfortable, you can refuse to consent at any stage. At that time, tell your partner explicitly that you are no longer comfortable with what's happening. They need to know you want to stop.
Talking is the best way to make sure both sides are comfortable with any sexual activity.
Consent Can Look Like This:
- Communicating with phrases such as "Is this OK?" when you step up the level of sexual activity.
- Saying “yes” or something like “I’m open to trying” to explicitly agree to certain activities.
- Using physical gestures to let the other person know you’re comfortable taking things to the next stage.
What Consent is NOT:
- Refusing to accept “no.”
- Assuming that wearing specific clothes, flirting, or kissing is an offer for something more.
- Someone being underage as defined by the state.
- Someone being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Pressuring someone into sex by using fear or coercion.
- Presuming you are allowed to engage in a sexual act because you’ve done it before.
Remember, consent is important in order for you to have a fun and sexy time with your partner. Everything's better when both sides feel comfortable and safe.
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What is Consent?
Consent laws vary according to region and circumstances. It can make the subject complicated, but to grasp how consent works…