Considering Consent: A Twitter Chat Round-Up

We've been talking a lot about consent lately — not just at Ravishly, but throughout the entire country! With #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein, and the countless other total creeps being revealed at every turn of the news cycle, consent seems to be on everyone's mind these days. And we think it's about damn time. 

In addition to curating a series of essays on consent, we also took to Twitter to keep the conversation going. Consent is the sort of thing that should remain a topic of discussion even after the media scandals have died down — because they certainly will, and it's all too easy for the world to resume silencing and ignoring women who speak out against harassment and assault. And consent isn't just limited to sex; it's the fabric of our relationships and interactions! When we stop talking about consent, we also stop thinking about it — and that's how we got to this point in the first place! Let's keep the conversation going.

We hope that our Twitter Chat helped to address these issues in addition to providing practical advice for considering consent in our everyday lives. Here's a round-up of some of our favorite tweets from readers and panelists alike! 

Was consent part of your sex ed growing up? If not, what were you taught instead?

Like many Americans, sex coach and writer Myisha Battle experienced intense fearmongering and abstinence-only attitudes in her federally funded sex-ed.

If you could tell your younger self one thing about consent, what would you say?

There’s this idea that discussing consent in the bedroom “kills the mood.” What about consent feels the most sexy to you, and how can people work to better embody that in their own sexual relationships?

Consent doesn’t stop with sex — what types of non-sexual consent do you want more people to be aware of?

Can 2018 be the year we finally stop forcing kids to hug relatives?

How can we make consent a part of our everyday interactions and ongoing conversations?

Imagine a world where instead of rape culture, we have a culture of consent. What does that look like to you?

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