Whether it's Trump bragging about grabbing women "by the p*ssy" or the fact that sexual assault is an epidemic on campuses across the country, it's obvious that the concept of consent isn't exactly clear for everyone. In response to this, AMAZE, a YouTube-based sex ed resource, launched the first-ever Consent Week, in order to bring attention to just how important the topic is, in all stages, of hooking up. When both partners know exactly what each other wants, and there's no confusion or hesitation, because consent has been given, it makes for better sex. And isn't that what we all want — better sex?
Consent Week is February 20 to 26, giving us six solid days to educate people (and ourselves!) about what consent really means. Just because a women consents to a hot makeout session, doesn't mean she's automatically consenting to having sex. It might seem like asking for consent can "ruin the mood," but on the contrary, that's simply not the case. What can ruin a mood is when someone is put in a position in which they're not comfortable because their consent hasn't been given — there's also another name such a situation: sexual assault.
"Learning about consent at a young age is essential not only to help prevent sexual assault and rape, but also to ensure that the sexual encounters young people have in the future are wanted and safe," Nicole Cushman, Executive Director at sex ed site, Answer, tells Bustle. "Early conversations about consent can help teens decide what they want and don't want in romantic relationships, learn the skills to communicate their boundaries, and help them to respect the boundaries of others."