I talk a great deal about gender and I wanted to provide a ground floor view of how gender and its prescribed roles influence how we view sex, sexuality and consent. When I talk about gender, I am referring to the messages we are taught about ourselves and one another based on what is assumed about our gender. This is all based on my experience as a nearly fifty year old person who was assigned female at birth and is white, able bodied and and het/cis presenting.
The way we view consent has changed to a view that consent should be obtained explicitly before sexual touch occurs. Some folks have been expressing growing concern over what these changes will mean for them. Today we are discussing the changes to consent in social norms, and the push back against those changes.