The third of 3 “No” designs from Leri Kuznetsova, this image reinforces that sex is not the only space where we should seek consent before moving forward. Intimacy comes in many forms and is a little different for everyone. While this does mean that a gesture to you would mean consent, that might not be true for someone else. If you’re seeking any sort of intimacy, whether that means sex, touching or even taking someone’s photo, you should take the time to ask outright if they wish to share that experience with you.
Artist: Leri Kuznetsova
When talking about exchanging consent, we should move the conversation towards asking for a “yes” rather than looking for the signs that someone might be saying “no”. While this will help to change the dynamic of these interactions, where asking becomes sexy and healthy rather than a necessary “barrier” to intimacy, it also makes it easier for consent to be an ongoing conversation - rather than one “yes” meaning that additional consent is not necessary. (The Hotline)
There are many power dynamics to think about when it comes to consent. If you hold power over some other person, in your work or personal life, it is very tricky to attain consent in a way that you can guarantee is not pressured. It is best to avoid these power dynamics when considering romantic relationships, especially if they are casual and you are not at the point where both parties would feel comfortable being completely open and honest in the moment. (NSVRC)
Question: Have you ever had someone come onto you that you felt you couldn’t say no to because of some external factor? How did that make you feel?
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