The Consent Workshop Yes, consent applies to asexual people too

Yes, consent applies to asexual people too

Because the language of consent is often deployed to attractions that are precise or popular, we run the risk of excluding others who navigate attraction differently. Asexuality, the sexual orientation that involves little or no sexual attraction, hasn’t much been explored vis-à-vis consent. To some degree, the queer community also fails to recognise asexuals (or aces) and as Pride grinds to a halt, it’s become even more imperative to busts some myths surrounding asexuality and how consent can be applied to their identity.  First, I would like to acknowledge that I’m not asexual and don’t speak for the asexual community. I’m only writing from the standpoint of observing boundaries regardless… Read More

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The Consent Workshop Safeguarding the Human Rights of Women

Safeguarding the Human Rights of Women

Abstract The disparity between the male and female gender has been a source of concern in many quarters of the world. This is due to the continuous abuse of women’s rights and their relegation in terms of policy and decision-making. This article seeks to discuss instances women’s rights are relegated and efforts to create equal access for women by eradicating practices that are repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience. The question is whether these efforts can safeguard women’s rights to ensure equitable growth and sustainable development, considering this ill-treatment of women has gone on from generation to generation?   Introduction Human rights are basic fundamental rights inherent in all… Read More

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The Consent Workshop The Normalisation of Men's Sexual Assault is the Monster We Have Made

The Normalisation of Men’s Sexual Assault is the Monster We Have Made

When we think of sexual assault, we are hard-wired to think of women and their experiences. According to the UN Women, an estimated 736 million women—almost one in three—have been subjected to intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their life (30 per cent of women aged 15 and older) and this figure does not include sexual harassment. When it comes to centring men’s experiences, however, some pitfalls exist to undermine our approach. First, we need to establish that sexual assault against men is more common than we think. Whether in childhood or as adults, at least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse… Read More

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The Consent Workshop TCW Chat: Judicaelle Irakoze

TCW Chat: Judicaelle Irakoze

  In 2019, we started TCW Chat, a series of conversations with various people discussing topics around consent, sexual assault and the intersection of their work and life around these topics. During that time, we had Olutimehin Adegbeye tell us a little about consent in low-income neighbourhoods in Nigeria, Dayo Adedapo told us about toxic masculinity and Jade Bentil told us a little about feminism and the representation of black women in media. We took a break in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and this year, we are back, better and more consistent. Every month, we’ll pick someone and talk about these urgent topics in the hope that one… Read More

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The Consent Workshop Sexual Assault: Why We Must Expand Our Definition of Sex

Sexual Assault: Why We Must Expand Our Definition of Sex

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness on the issue of sexual violence while also focusing on prevention education. Depending on how one is exposed to the media, sexual assault is quite the topical staple: in news headlines, on social media, plot devices in movies, and so on. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements did play a part in normalising conversations around harassment and sexual abuse, helping survivors to speak freely on their pain and trauma, and attempted to hold perpetrators accountable. Be that as it may, statistics still paint a grim picture. Globally, about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to… Read More

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