Is there a better way for people to give sexual consent?
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Danny WeirJan 26, 2022
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I recently watched '13 Reasons Why' on Netflix, a show where sexual assault and the taboo subject of sexual consent is at the forefront of the storyline. It got me thinking about what kinds of protection are out there for us in order to ensure that our sexual encounters are consensual and enjoyable for both (or more) parties involved.
It led me down a little bit of a Google rabbit hole, trying to find the best method for giving and receiving sexual consent.
What is out there already?
Sexual consent has forever been a 'grey area' in society. A culture of assuming, going with the flow and the influence of drugs and alcohol has made it a difficult topic to traverse. Several high profile cases of sexual assault accusation still don't leave us any closer to an actual solution.
Education in schools has certainly improved over the past few decades and several campaigns run by governments, universities, and charities have brought awareness to the subject.
There are several apps out there designed to get digital sexual consent from parties involved. Some of the most popular are Legal Fling and iConsent. These apps have received a ton of negative press though .
The age for consent varies from country to country, as do the laws. As sex has become a more explicit part of our societies, younger people are partaking in sexual activity. Do we have an obligation to protect our youth?
The apps seem like a good idea on face value. A system where people can choose what they do/don't want to do and agree on these things with their partner (via facial scan, QR code etc.) seems like it could work.
Better education fromschools, governments and especially parents. The younger generation need to be better informed of the risks involved with sexual activity and what consent really means.
We need to respect ourselves and each other more, especially in situations where we are vulnerable.
BUT... are these things enough? Do the apps even work? Can it control what actually happens behind closed doors? Do people truly understand what consent is? Are we just caught in a "grey area" sexual consent limbo forever?
I'm intrigued to know what the community here thinks? Surely there is a better way for us all to provide and receive sexual consent while also being able to trustfully and honestly participate in sexual encounters. Isn't there?
I watched this show once where participants had to record themselves giving consent first. I thought it would be a great idea save for if that ever leaked someway it could be detrimental to someone's public image.
This could be done in form of a digital key fob or something similar. Providing it with your password marks it as consent. Touching both fobs connects them automatically and the Identities and time, are recorded and stored in an encrypted server somewhere. That simplifies the process for the users while improving security. You can't forge anyone's consent since they have to willingly provide the password. The encryption could be done in TwoFish or any other secure style.
The Fob doesn't have to be a fob either it could be customizable to be anything as long as it can carry the relevant digital components.
Of course, Although security is important so is privacy. The device could act as a safety net too by creating two types of alerts. If at any point either party wishes to stop and the other forces them to continue, a single press could send a notification to the agressors device in comfirmation of both their positions at the moment. A second press would force both parties to disclose the situation and could be presented as evidence in a court of law if it ever came to that.
That's just a rough Idea and any additional thoughts are welcome.
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