Using the analogy that sexual consent is really just like offering somebody a cup of tea, Thames Valley Police have launched an amazing campaign
Considering the fact that ‘no means no’ is quite a simple concept, we’re not quite sure why so many people still have a problem with the idea of sexual consent. ‘What about when the person asking is a footballer,’ they ask. ‘Does no still mean no then? And what about when you’re drunk, or changed your mind, or wearing a really nice skirt from Zara that has fringing at the bottom and an amazing slit all the way up the thigh?’
But while most of us know that no still means no in all of those cases, somehow it continues to raise questions.
So now Thames Valley Police have teamed up with super blogger rockstardinosaurpirateprincess (whose post about consent went viral earlier in the year), and released a video using her text and comparing sexual consent to making somebody a cup of tea.
‘If they say “no thank you”, then don’t make them tea at all. Just don’t make them tea. Don’t make them drink tea, don’t get annoyed at them for not wanting tea. They just don’t want tea, OK?,’ says the male voiceover on the video.
‘If they are unconscious, don’t make them tea. Unconscious people don’t want tea and they can’t answer the question ‘do you want tea?’ because they are unconscious.’
‘If someone said yes to tea, started drinking it, and then passed out before they’d finished it, don’t keep on pouring it down their throat. Take the tea away and make sure they are safe. Because unconscious people don’t want tea. Trust me on this.’
‘If you can understand how completely ludicrous it is to force people to have tea when they don’t want tea, and you are able to understand when people don’t want tea, then how hard is it to understand when it comes to sex?’
And don’t get us started on whether or not somebody is dressing like they’re thirsty or not.