July 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
Community Change Inc
Racism does not exist in a vacuum, and we must end other forms of oppression before we can live in a just society. In this real talk session, we'll discuss one of the key components of ending rape culture: consent. We will focus on how we as individuals deal with consent, while keeping in mind the ways that racism and rape culture intersect in our everyday lives. We will start from the following questions:
- What is consent? Under what conditions can consent be freely given? How do we navigate consent in our own lives?
- How do we talk about sexual consent with partners who have thought less about it or think differently about it? How do we frame it as something that is part of a healthy sexuality, and not just a formality that happens before sex?
- Why is it common for white folks to have a sense of entitlement to the bodies of people of color? How does consent fit in with the question: "Can I touch your hair?"
- How does rape culture impact queer communities? What barriers exist for members of the queer community to report sexual assaults?
- How are the ways that we commonly treat others (including friends, family members, and children) respectful or disrespectful of consent?
Note: there is no prior attendance requirement for this meetup.