Activity 1: Consent among Friends
Scenario: Alex is asking from a friend, Taylor, to borrow his/hers mobile, for sending a message. Taylor, even though sceptical at first, agrees to lend the mobile to Alex. Alex takes the mobile, and spends some time doing some activity with it. Taylor is wondering if Alex is just sending a message or if s/he is searching for something else on the mobile. Taylor is wondering what is going on, but does not say anything more. Did Taylor give consent to Alex to use the mobile for any other matters? Why is it important that Taylor gives consent first for any other kind of use of the mobile?
Give a definition of what consent is in general and talk about why it is important in this scenario. What could sexual consent mean along the same lines? Discuss with peers.
Activity 2: It’s simple as tea
Just like in the previous scenario, sexual consent is crucial in relationships. When and how do you ask or give consent for kissing, sexual touching, and sex?
Watch the following video, where consent is compared to offering tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8
After watching the video, reflect if the metaphor of offering tea is effective in making you think about more seriously what sexual consent is in particular. Discuss then with peers.
Activity 3: Yes or No?
How can you be sure that you have consent before touching or kissing? Discuss with peers.
Activity 4: Are you in the mood?
Do you have to ask your partner every time explicitly if you can have penetration? Discuss with peers.
Consent & Communication
Consent means partners agree to participate in an activity and understand what they are agreeing to. Consent is the foundation of sexual relationships and is needed for every sexual activity, every time.
Understanding implies your have a meaningful conversation with your partner. You cannot presuppose that you understand what the other wants, when and how. So talking, but also non-verbal communication, is important.
This may be challenging. Many people are not used to talk about, or during sex. This is something you have to learn by experience.
You can start to ask if your partner feels comfortable and what you can do to make the situation more comfortable. You can also ask what your partner feels, and tell how you feel.
Activity 5: The Law
A lot of court cases about assault or rape are difficult, because initiating sex is often done without talking and assuming the other wants sex. To overcome this, in Sweden, a law was adopted which makes asking explicit consent mandatory. (https://www.thelocal.se/20190712/negligent-rape-has-swedens-sexual-consent-law-led-to-change)
What is your opinion on this? If you don’t agree with this law, what other ways do you suggest to solve the problem of partners giving opposite stories about what happened? Discuss with peers.
Activity 6: The first move
In many countries, boys are still expected to take the initiative in dating and in sexuality. This makes them extra responsible for getting consent.
How can you clearly communicate your values, needs and what you want?
How can you make sex comfortable and pleasurable bot both of you?
Let’s find a solution!
Although we want to be positive about sex, we spent a lot of time on consent. Why? Because we think consent is so important. Research shows that the victims of violent sexual crimes are, in their majority, women and girls. Although fewer in number, records show that boys and men can also be sexual assault victims. We hope you are going to be part of the solution: more equal, comfortable and pleasurable sex.