This free zine about consent is the nuanced explainer we’ve been waiting for
Meg-John Barker’s ‘The Consent Checklist‘ is perfect for anyone who still doesn’t quite get it.
While generally we’re talking about sex and consent more openly these days, ill-thought out inventions like the consent condom and research looking into our attitudes towards sexual consent show we’re still not quite getting it. Just last year, a Family Planning Association (FPA) study found 39% of people aged 14-17 didn’t think it was OK to withdraw consent while naked. It also found only 13% of people would feel comfortable talking about consent with a partner.
And while there are many consent explainers out there (remember the cup of tea metaphor?), they’re often far too basic in their explanations, says Dr Meg-John Barker, relationships educator and author of Rewriting the Rules, Enjoy Sex, and Gender: A Graphic Guide.
“I think we’re just beginning to get how important consent is, but a lot of resources out there are over-simplified: it’s just about not doing things to a person if they’ve said ‘no’,” they explain. So Meg-John has created their own explainer in the form of a free, downloadable zine The Consent Checklist. Read more…