The Short of It:
Planned Parenthood just dropped a new advertising campaign on Tumblr and Facebook that has the social media world ready to spread word on a no-brainer way to get consent and understand rape.
The Longer Version of It:
We've always said that french fries had great powers, but this new Planned Parenthood graphic is confirming it. The organization which works to provide reproductive health services just came up with another way to educate people on sex and consent. Confirming consent with a partner is the first step towards practicing safe sex but not too many adults are able to understand the importance of getting the go ahead. A 2015 survey conducted by Planned Parenthood revealed that only under a third of 2,213 adults surveyed had been taught the terms of sexual consent in school. A wide majority of the respondents did concur that education on sexual consent and assault was an important tool to teach middle school and high school students.
To jumpstart education on what constitutes as consent, the nonprofit used their social media presence and the All-American side-dish essential to explain.
Planned Parenthood's official Tumblr page digs in deeper to those terms:
Freely given: “Doing something sexual with someone is a decision that should be made without pressure, force, manipulation, or while drunk or high.”
Reversible: “Anyone can change their mind about what they want to do, at any time. Even if you’ve done it before or are in the middle of having sex.”
Informed: “Be honest. For example, if someone says they’ll use a condom and then they don’t, that’s not consent.”
Enthusiastic: “If someone isn’t excited, or really into it, that’s not consent.”
Specific: “Saying yes to one thing (like going to the bedroom to make out) doesn’t mean they’ve said yes to others (like oral sex).”
Sexual consent is a topic that's recently seen a lot of attention in the media. This new agenda by Planned Parenthood proves how the terms of consent may seem so clear to others but murky to others. A poll conducted by The Washington Post reviewed a rift in what college students understand to be constituted consent. Starting this year coming year, California high schools will be the first in the country to be required by law to teach students the terms of consent. It's an unfortunate thing that organizations have to pull fries into the mix of something so ugly, but fingers crossed it helps.