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Consent matters!

17 Aug, 2020
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Consent means agreeing to engage in sexual activity. This is very important, as it lets you know clearly that sex is wanted. Having this conversation about personal boundaries can also help you connect. Talking about what you do and don’t want doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation. Similarly, a simple question before action is all it takes.

Sexual consent must be given freely, meaning without pressure, manipulation, or the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is also reversible. Likewise, this means that anyone can change their mind during sex. Saying stop at any time is okay, and your partner should respect that. Consent must be informed, meaning that you should be specific about the full story. Lastly, consent should be given with enthusiasm. To sum up, you should only do what you want to do, not things you feel pressured to do. Consent is not implied by past behavior, dress, or anything else. Your partner should clearly indicate their wishes, and there should be no question about it.

Khashayar Dashti
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