‘Go on, Go on, Go on’: Sexual Consent, Child Sexual Exploitation and Cups of Tea

Abstract

This novel paper critically addresses a currently popular sex education resource which compares sexual consent to tea drinking. Drawing from a study which considered the meaning of consent through focus groups and interviews with young people and professionals, we argue that the central ‘risk avoidance’ message of such resources individualises the potential risks of non-consensual sex and ignores the gendered social structures which shape interpersonal relationships. We suggest that simplifying and extrapolating sexual consent from broader cultural understandings is problematic. Conversations with young people are important, but they need to address the complexity of sexual consent, coercion and gendered sexual norms.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12358
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Brady, G. and Lowe, P. (2019), ‘Go on, Go on, Go on’: Sexual Consent, Child Sexual Exploitation and Cups of Tea. Child Soc., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12358.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: child sexual exploitation,gendered power,sexual consent,young women,Health(social science),Education,Life-span and Life-course Studies
Publication ISSN: 1099-0860
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-01-01
Published Online Date: 2019-09-12
Accepted Date: 2019-08-02
Authors: Lowe, Pamela (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5933-453X)
Brady, Geraldine

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