Vancouver – Public awareness about consent is higher now than it ever has been in the wake of the #MeToo movement but it is enough to spark change? People feel they have a good understanding of what consent is and how it should affect our actions but if the movement has shown us anything, it’s not so simple. Consent violations are not committed only by monsters. Stories have emerged, like the case of Aziz Ansari, where people are divided on whether or not it was nonconsensual or simply a “bad date”. People struggle with applying the black and white concept of consent when it comes to real life situations. Studies have shown that people who clearly articulated what consent should look like have answered differently, and less clearly, when ambiguous scenarios are given. Some have argued that the #MeToo movement has gone too far while others feel that it’s only widening the conversation about consent and boundaries.
Anonymous open letters from numerous men have appeared on the internet, acknowledging that they have experienced situations just like Aziz Ansari. They had no idea that they had done anything wrong at the time but admitted that they see things differently now. Raising awareness and education continues to be a huge need to push change forward. New books are emerging to meet these needs and cover many of the basics that most of us feel that we know.
Teela Hudak’s “Got Consent?” is an excellent new book that concisely covers the important information people need to consider about sexual consent. It helps people challenge their perceptions and navigate many of those grey areas that people struggle with. If we are to continue to strive towards real change and equality, we need to learn to re-evaluate what we know and be able to talk to others about it. Pick up your copy today! It’s available in hard copy or for digital download.