Do you have trouble understanding what “consent” means in today’s world?
Consent can be a tricky term to understand because there have long been some cultural issues in sway that have muddied the waters. While slogans like, “no means no” have been thrown around for decades, popular culture still tends to bombard us with questionable situations that don’t really reflect the modern notion of “consent.” Far too often, the hero of a movie or novel will press ahead with a kiss even after the heroine refuses him — and is usually rewarded with her melting in his arms.
Not understanding the issue of consent in real life, however, can lead to serious social and legal problems. Consent only occurs when there’s positive communication between two people that it’s okay to proceed with sexual contact or activity.
On the other hand, consent never involves:
If you’re fairly new to the dating world, make sure that you understand good boundaries and know the limits of consent. That can help you avoid mistakes that could leave you facing sexual assault charges.
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