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Sexuality in Conversation

Contracts for Consent Might Be The Future of Sex

Boiled down to its most lucid, consent is defined as “permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.” However, when applied to sex, one must consider its gradients, which means recognizing and embracing ideas such as “enthusiastic consent,” which, as its name indicates, expresses one’s excitement toward the sexual activity they are engaged in. In other words, it means they’re sober enough to make a decision and are not feeling coerced in any way, which is how things should always be anyway. But with more and more high-profile cases deservedly villainizing Hollywood's most adored–particularly Aziz Ansari–the seemingly clear definition of consent is evolving and gaining more nuance. Consent no longer has a generalized definition.

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