Hell yeah California, your law makers are killing the game right now!
Just recently California has become the first state to require sexual consent lessons in high school. This means that teens will receive lessons on "yes means yes" and other types of affirmative consent.
And that seriously rocks, especially because knowledge is power and girls and boys everywhere need to realize that saying;
"come on baby I know you'll like it"
"Do it for me"
"What youre just a little tease?"
does not, and never will equal consent.
Critics everywhere (because of course there are critics) argue that this law will not help persecute rapists and sexual assaulters because verbal consent or the lack of is still difficult to prove in court under this "yes means yes" law. And I have to say I agree with that. More laws need to be passed to protect victims.
BUT, for a country that has terrible sex education and I am looking directly at the bible belt for this one, teaching kids what consent actually is is a HUGE step in the right direction.
High school is the time when most kids start learning abut sex. This law will make sure they are learning the right things, like only doing something you are comfortable with, having the right to say no at any time, realizing that sex is not a power thing but something that is suppose to be fun and loving.
Teaching Yes means yes will help women (and men) everywhere practice safer sex. And the more informed you are, the more you can protect yourself.
So shout out to Cali for ditching the stupid idea of no sex until marriage and educating on the real issue; Safe and consenting sex.