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Enthusiastic consent

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Enthusiastic consent

I came across this article that I'm finding really interesting.

http://hugoschwyzer.net/2007/07/19/not-just-consent-but-enthusiasm-some-notes-on-college-sex-workshops-and-stoplights/

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Most boys, for example, get the “no means no” message pretty loud and clear in high school and college workshops. It’s a worthy if basic message, and one well worth repeating over and over again.
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But as anyone who works around young people and sexuality will tell you, in and of itself a “no means no” reminder is woefully insufficient. Many of the young men and women I work with, for example, talk to me of what I’ve come to call the “stoplight” phenomenon. Traffic signals, of course, have three colors: red for stop, yellow for caution, green for go.
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Good drivers are taught to stop on “red”, which functions as a “no”. But of course, even at the busiest urban intersections, no light stays red indefinitely. If you wait long enough at a stoplight, every red will become green.
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And when all we do is teach young men that “no means stop” when it comes to sexual boundaries, we often send them the message that if they just wait long enough (or pester, push, nag, beg, play passive-aggressive games) they’ll get the “green light” they’re so hungry for.
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Good “sexual boundaries workshops” go beyond the “no means no” message. Specifically, we look at the ways in which many men will accept a “no” as a “yellow light” rather than a red, assuming that if they simply keep up unrelenting pressure (often abetted by alcohol or exhaustion) they’ll get the permission they seek.
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Re: Enthusiastic consent

Love this. I think this is so important.

YESSS! means yes. This is definitely where we need to be at in teaching young men about sexual boundaries. There should be absolutely no gray area in the issue of consent. The "gray" rape concept is like a really bad joke.