One of the most controversial points in the modern discussion of rape is consent – by failing to communicate, rapes can sometimes occur without the rapist even understanding what they’ve done or why the victim feels the way they do. We need to educate ourselves about consent to avoid crossing each others’ boundaries without even knowing it.
Comic artist Alli Kirkham helped clear the question of consent up with a series of 7 comics that illustrate sexual consent issues with everyday situations that are easier for everyone to understand. These everyday examples of how we give consent for other things shows just how absurd it is to blame sexual assault survivors or to try to justify rape in any way.
Here’s some much-needed perspective on what consent really means.
1. You are staying until it’s done
2. You said I could have it once
3. You said you liked it
4. You said you wanted it
5. You are my wife and it’s your duty
6. You owe me
7. You are asking for it
Alli Kirkham is a blogger, cartoonist, and intersectional feminist. She is passionate about affirmative consent, sexual autonomy, and the destruction of gender roles, and through her cartoons is an advocate for chronically ill and mentally ill communities. Alli’s BA in English literature is from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Originally published on Everyday Feminism