Women’s Struggle for Autonomy and Safety
“Yes means yes”, or affirmative consent, is the standard for sexual consent adopted by most universities and many high schools. Affirmative consent requires that there is a freely given and clear “yes” during all matters of sex. Affirmative consent assumes that behind every “yes” is desire and the ability to say “no”, but this is frequently untrue.

Fifty-five percent 1. of women say that they have agreed to have sex they didn’t want and it can take until their late twenties or early thirties 2 to take full ownership of their sexuality. There are many social and psychological reasons 3 for consenting to unwanted sex, and it can have lifelong negative consequences. The truth is, the lived experience of consent is much more complicated than merely saying “yes”.

Women’s Struggle for Autonomy and Safety
“Yes means yes”, or affirmative consent, is the standard for sexual consent adopted by most universities and many high schools. Affirmative consent requires that there is a freely given and clear “yes” during all matters of sex. Affirmative consent assumes that behind every “yes” is desire and the ability to say “no”, but this is frequently untrue.

Fifty-five percent 1. of women say that they have agreed to have sex they didn’t want and it can take until their late twenties or early thirties 2 to take full ownership of their sexuality. There are many social and psychological reasons 3 for consenting to unwanted sex, and it can have lifelong negative consequences. The truth is, the lived experience of consent is much more complicated than merely saying “yes”.