What Happened When Twitter Questioned The Meaning Of Consent
There are SO many misconceptions still.
Soon after the hashtag #MeToo went viral on Twitter and revealed just how many women have experienced sexual harassment and assault, the hashtag #WhatConsentMeansToMe emerged, and it started up a MUCH needed conversation about the definition of sexual consent.
Although some Twitter users seemed to say that sexual consent was really a no-brainer...
Many tweeted about the specific circumstances where people get confused. For example, just because someone's in a relationship with or even married to someone else, that doesn’t mean that they have a right to have sex with them whenever. Nobody hands over the eternal rights to their body when they say ‘I do’ or agree to a relationship. That’s just not how it works. Consent needs to happen every single time.
Others pointed out that if a person wants to have sex with someone but they say no or aren’t keen, then they shouldn't persist or try to persuade them to change their mind. They need to accept that that’s how that person is feeling - it’s their body and their choice, and that should be respected. Nobody should want to have sex with someone who doesn’t really want to have sex with them anyway.
There were Twitter users that pointed out that when someone is drunk they cannot consent:
(Though the same applies even when someone's a little bit drunk. Nobody can consent under the influence of alcohol or drugs.)
Other people tweeted about how you’re always allowed to change your mind at ANY point:
And that what someone is wearing or how they are acting should never be seen as them giving consent. Nobody can ever assume they have the right to do anything to someone else’s body without their permission. That should go without saying.
None of us talk about sexual consent enough, which is why there are so many myths and misconceptions, and considering that it's the most important part of sex (and the bit that actually makes it enjoyable) it's something we should majorly prioritise getting our heads around.
We loved this hashtag and the conversations it started up about sexual consent, but it shouldn't end when Twitter trends die down. This is a convo we should all be having both in and outside the bedroom so that everyone's totally clear about the boundaries of consent, and so we all know that when we decide to have sex, EVERYONE is enjoying it from start to finish. It's a win-win.
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