This Metaphor for Consent Might Be Just the Thing You Need to Make It Click

Can the way consent works change over the course of a relationship?

What if you’re in a long-term relationship – do you still have to get your partner’s explicit consent before every sexual activity, and how do you make sure you still have consent if it’s not explicitly expressed in words?

These are some of the questions that can make the concept of consent confusing. So here’s a comic with some super clear answers.

Gear up to build the Consent Castle! It’s an awesome metaphor for how to establish consent before and during intimacy – and how to change the negotiation terms as you build a relationship.

We hope this can give you and the people you share it with a solid foundation for fun, healthy, and mutually satisfying intimate relationships.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Robot Hugs is a webcomic that discusses identity, gender, and sexuality, explores depression and mental illness, and often includes cats. The creator lives in Toronto; they have a degree in Linguistics and a graduate degree in Information Studies. Specifically, they identify as a non-binary genderqueer peoplequeer mentally ill non-monogamous kinky critical feminist robot. Their hobbies include worrying, being concerned about things they can’t change, being angry, being uselessly angry, hiding from the world, and knitting. Follow Robot Hugs on Twitter @RobotHugsComic.