Guess what I found today.
That’s right, you guessed it.
(Actually, I have no idea what you guessed). It was a strange, small-poster-sized, handwritten note pinned to one of the corkboards in one of my university’s buildings. These corkboards usually have posters and fliers advertizing various events and services, usually with images and color and such. So this big bland black-and-white thing with nothing but marker writing on it kind of stands out, visually. Out of curiosity, I stopped to read it.
It turned out to be this very blunt announcement about consent.
If there is no INFORMED, Enthusiastic, and Continuous CONSENT, Then it’s not sex, it’s RAPE
If this were the internet, I’d have replied with a discussion of how consent can be more complicated than that (and how announcements such as this may not be helpful for everyone) ((not to mention, yes, rape is sex; the word “sex” doesn’t need to be reserved for only good and righteous acts)). But it’s not the internet. It’s a corkboard.
So I wrote on the poster itself.
Mostly, I’m just in awe of how little thought they seem to have put into this.