Another entry in the “No” series from Leri Kuznetsova, this piece reminds us that girls should have the freedom to be flirty and fun, while still feeling safe from unwanted advances. While a pretty girl blowing a kiss might seem like an “invitation”, there is really no offer of consent or “mixed signal” within it. One gesture, outfit or makeup choice has the power to void a women’s right to refusal. Consent is a constant update between two people, regardless of how flirty someone might seem at any given time.
Artist: Leri Kuznetsova
In reality, there is no action that should be viewed as a “mixed signal”. While it might take some people longer to decide if they are ready to move forward with physical intimacy or might be general more comfortable with touching, that doesn’t mean that a partner is given the right to fill in the blanks for them. Waiting for 100% positive consent might be frustrating, but it is always necessary. (PS I Love You)
While the beginning of a relationship can be extremely confusing and awkward, it is important to be clear with your feelings and intentions even from your first interactions. Both parties need to speak up when they are feeling uncomfortable or are ready to move to the next level. If you establish this early, it will help you establish the intimacy needed to act on feelings, looks and actions later on when you are both more comfortable. (Psychology Today)
Question: What’s the most confusing relationship you’ve ever had? What could have helped make it clearer?
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