The Range of Sexual Consent

No Consent
Sexual Assault or

Unwanted Consent

Sex Without Desire 

Wanted Consent
True Consensual Sex

 The problem with the current education about consent is that it ignores the complex pressures that drive women to act against their own interests. 4 Because women are socialized to be accommodating, they may not even be aware that they are doing something that compromises their well-being. True consent requires a clear understanding of the relational context as well as the social and emotional freedom to say no. 

True Consent

What is Unwanted Consent?

Unwanted sexual consent ranges from smiling at a catcall to giving in to a sexual assault.  Women and girls learn to accept unwanted sexual attention with an uncomfortable smile or a giggle. They understand that sometimes giving in and going along is what girls have to do to keep the peace, get ahead, or stay safe.  They write it off as "not that bad" and learn to keep it to themselves. 

Girls tolerate and normalize a range of sexual offenses:

Scenario 1:  Unwanted sexual attention like catcalls 
17 year old Dhasia talks about her life of cat calls
Scenario 2: Unwanted and devaluing sexual comments 
Scenario 3: Unwanted sex to keep boys happy
Sam talks about having sex to prevent her boyfriend from being angry
Scenario 4: Blaming themselves for being raped
Lucia Evans Talks to Ronan Farrow Interview
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