Because you’re never too young to learn that “Only Yes Means Yes.” Of course before you can teach affirmative consent to five-year-olds, you first need to make sure they can undo and redo the hasp on their overalls.
Would that it were all a bad joke, but Campus Reform reports with a straight face:
Student activists at California colleges are demanding children as young as kindergarten-age be taught consent education in order to curtail campus sexual assault.
According to a list of three demands from students at [the] University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Barbara; and San Diego State University, the state of California should teach sexual consent to K-12 students.
“We recommend consent education in K12 [sic]. College is too late for people to learn about bodily autonomy and respect,” the request states.
Obviously, there is a yawning chasm developmentally between early childhood and young adulthood, but with an imaginary 1 in 5 coeds suffering the ignominy of rape on college campuses, students behind this move perceive an urgency. Besides, they aren’t just talking about sex. “Concerned parents might think we’re talking about consent in a purely sexual context, when really we’re talking on a day-to-day basis,” Alejandra Melgoza is quoted as saying. Melgoza is Take Back the Night coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. That emotion is seconded by Meghan Warner, director of Associated Students of the University of California Sexual Assault Commission:
Consent is not just for intercourse. It’s for all aspects of our lives, and people aren’t understanding or being taught that.
Warner, who attends UC Berkeley, went on to explain that consent education also covers healthy relationships, verbal harassment, and awareness of others’ space.
Warner talks a good game, but somehow you get the uneasy sense that for someone with the title Director of the Sexual Assault Commission, everything ends up back in the bedroom. And at the age of 5, Bedtime Means Bedtime, to coin a phrase.
- Affirmative consent activists seek to expand government meddling in your private life
- Students create cringeworthy video to explain affirmative consent (Video)
- New York may rob college sex of ‘fun and spontaneity’ through ‘consent’ ordinance
- UNC meddles in students’ romantic lives while misstating what consent is
- State-mandated dirty talk in California: Governor signs unconstitutional SB 967
- Chicago parents shocked over fifth grade sex ed curriculum (Video)
- Sex education: School asks eighth graders ‘how far’ they would go sexually
- Gym teacher creates own ‘sex ed’ course, tells students about his ‘first boner’
- Chicago to introduce sex ed for kindergartners