Raising awareness about consent. Red light, green light at U of Calgary.
I’m happy a university took it upon themselves to hold an event of this scale to bring awareness to the definitions of two of the shortest words in the English language, the concepts of which are pretty definite.
If you detect a small amount of sarcasm,
I am saddened that IN 2016, we have to teach how NOT TO GET RAPED.
How NO means NO. Not maybe. Not later.
That CONSENT means the object of your amorous advances says YES and AGREES to allow you to touch them.
Do you want to go skydiving? No. Then I won’t drag you on to the plane, strap a parachute on you (or not) and throw you out.
Do you want to have tea? Yes. But I only want a bit, and I like it plain.
Would you like this sandwich? Yes. Wait, I’m not comfortable having more than this half. Stop trying to feed me more!
Consent means agreement to do something. If the person changes their mind, consent is no longer valid.
It it crucial to educate what consent IS in an era when misogynistic judges reward convicted rapists with paltry sentences so as to not “ruin their futures”. There is little justice for perpetrators and even less reporting due to shame and fear of repercussions for victims.
It’s great to see initiatives like U of C’s to bring awareness to this issue, especially on a large scale, collaborative manner and involving new students.
But my heart still hurts and worries for my daughters’ safety in today’s world.