A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent | Review
A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent
by Isabella Rotman
Limerence Press, $7.99
This incredibly important subject is presented in straightforward, understandable fashion in this fourth in the series of Quick & Easy Guides.
Sargeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry helps various couples get past assumptions to better understand how important (and fun) consent can be. The situations are common, the questions often unspoken but necessary, as the Sergeant points out.
Topics covered include “what is consent?”, particularly affirmative consent. We learn about the simple core of the concept, different types of sex, and how communication can be sexy. There’s also information on avoiding coercion and not making assumptions about what a partner is thinking.
Our guide makes what could have felt like a lecture approachable and entertaining, even though the subjects are serious. Sexual assault, traditional gender dynamics, and heteronormative assumptions are all touched on, as are interactions when someone is intoxicated, as well as ages of consent.
The book ends with pages of comprehensive checklists about communication, contraception, safer sex considerations, and activities of interest. There are also resource lists with book and website recommendations.
A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent is an essential guide for understanding a better way to engage in sexual relationships. I’d like to give it to every teen.
Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages ComicsWorthReading.com, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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