"Consent Is Sexy" Is Completely Missing The Point.
The new trendy slogan for anti sexual assault campaigns (its disgusting we need anti-rape anything), is "Consent Is Sexy". We see frat boys with the words scrawled across their chest, we see memes and gifs everywhere, we even see colleges like UCSC using that as their main slogan for their sexual consent platform.
But here is the problem; having "consent is sexy" as a slogan makes it seem like consent is something trendy, something awesome, something that everyone wants...... but sexy does not mean mandatory.
And in a world where 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted on college campuses, it better be clear that consent isn't just hot....its required.
In case anyone forgot, CONSENT IS THE LAW. So while the slogan is the perfect thing for t-shirts, it is not the right platform for an issue as important as sexual consent.
"Consent Is Mandatory", "Consent is Required", "Consent Is The Law" should be the slogan because Consent is more then just something attractive.
And if anyone needs a refresher, here is what consent is.
- A verbal Yes.- A person who is returning the affection.- A person who is vocal in their enjoyment, not someone saying No.- A person who DOES NOT need to be convinced that they want it.- Sobriety ... or at the very least someone who can stand, form coherent sentences, and remembers your name.
So fuck that "consent is sexy." We don't need consent to be just a passing fad or a clever twitter hashtag.