In the Boston Review earlier this month, author Joseph J. Fischel shares an excerpt of Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice. Fischel notes why consent can be troublesome when defining sexual consent, especially in regards to women’s sexual consent and preparing young people to discuss their own sexual decision-making.
“If we wish to facilitate mutuality, respect, and women’s self-advocacy, then we must focus on ways to facilitate mutuality, respect, and women’s self-advocacy, rather than simply renaming those values consent. . . . . If we are going to train young people to labor in markets and participate in our democracy, we should make sure too that they are skilled at sex and sexual decision-making.”