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Sexting, much like sex, is more of a learned skill than an intuitive talent. You may find yourself throwing sexual word spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, to mixed results. If you want to spread your sexting wings in a safe space, why not text a bot?


In season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy goes to a college party for the first time, and a boy asks her to sign a contract before they're about to kiss. Consent has become more widely discussed by younger people, but there's still a lot of confusion on the topic.


Recently, we’ve been reading story after wrenching story of sexual assault. We’ve heard the old excuse “boys will be boys”. We’ve seen inexcusable behaviour brushed off as normal teen hijinks. One thing has become clear: Whatever we’re doing to teach our kids about consent, it is not enough.

Creating a culture of consent doesn’t come from one awkward sex talk. It’s an ongoing process that starts earlier than you probably think. Here’s how to make consent the norm at every age.


Recently, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman was accused by four women of physical assault during sex. Schneiderman responded by saying that the hitting, choking, and slapping he's accused of were part of kinky "roleplaying." All four women say they never consented to engage in these types of behaviours. Whether or not Schneiderman was indeed "roleplaying" at all, the case is opening up a vitally important conversation about consent, particularly within the context of kink and BDSM.

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A lot has been written about Facebook over recent weeks, with the coverage reaching a crescendo early this week following Mark Zuckerberg’s ten hours of congressional testimony. But something has emerged that has given me pause. How do we consent to our data being shared?


When the US Girl Scouts put out a pre-holiday reminder to parents that their daughters don't owe anyone a hug, even at the holidays, it was taken as a sign of the (dismal) times. "At a time when issues of sexual harassment and consent are in the news," began the CNN story on the piece.


Upon hearing the news of abuse and sexual harassment by men in power like Harvey Weinstein (and Bill Cosby and Donald Trump and all those who still go unnamed), it's becoming common to respond with a sort of resigned outrage. A couple of days ago, Mayim Bialik penned a piece in her online community GrokNation about how she wasn't surprised to hear of the Weinstein allegations, writing, "It is my assumption, sadly, that this is just what happens all of the time." This is what power and patriarchy look like, she says, and it sucks.