5 Ways We Ignore Children’s Agency That Perpetuate Rape Culture

(Content Warning: Sexual assault, rape culture, child abuse)

“Give auntie a kiss! She came all this way to see you.”

These examples can seem so harmless – everyday ways we teach children to be obedient, to mind their manners, and to follow traditions. But this comic shows how these lessons can have a more damaging impact than you might think.

When you consider it this way, it’s no wonder that rape culture is so pervasive – and it’s clear why we need to respect consent for people of all ages, including our children.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Alli Kirkham is a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism and blogger, cartoonist, and intersectional feminist. Alli earned a BA in English Literature from Cal Poly Pomona in 2011 and uses it as an excuse to blog about books while swearing a lot. When she isn’t cartooning for Everyday Feminism or cursing at popular fiction, she posts cartoons and other silly things on her Tumblr. Check her out on Twitter @allivanlahr.