Simply put, consent is a mutual agreement to physical contact.
Having consent means that all folks involved in the activity are 100% STOKED on everything that is happening in the moment.
Given, not taken
LET’S PLAY SAUCY MAD LIBS
“MAY I _______ (DANCE, TOUCH, GRIND, HOLD ONTO, MASSAGE, KISS, RUB, TWERK, CUDDLE UP TO) YOUR _______ (CUTE, BIG, BEAUTIFUL, MAGICAL, SPARKLING, TENSE) OL’ _______ (SELF, HAND, BOOTY, MOUTH, BACK, UNICORN HORN, TENTACLE)?
Think of consent as a respectful and intimate way of checking in with the other person:
“Is this okay?”
“How are you?”
“Do you like this?”
“Can I Continue?”
All parties involved need to be fully engaged, agreeable, and consensually present in order for consent to be valid. Sometimes we aren’t in the right frame of mind to give or get adequate consent. If there is any doubt — Stop. Go for a walk, check out the art installations, or take a nap in a hammock. Revisit the connection later.
There is more to consent than just “Yes” or “No”. Remember to pay attention to body language and tone of voice.
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Our security team and festival crew take consent very seriously. Please let them know if someone is acting in a way that is making people feel uncomfortable. Let's all be responsible for the energy we bring to the dancefloor.
If you want to learn more about consent or are feeling unsafe, concerned, or overwhelmed or at any time during Bass Coast Festival, come visit the Sanctuary.
Ankors has some great podcasts about sex, consent, and raving.