'Go on, go on, go on': sexual consent, child sexual exploitation and cups of tea

Brady, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3431-6543 and Lowe, P., 2020. 'Go on, go on, go on': sexual consent, child sexual exploitation and cups of tea. Children and Society, 34 (1), pp. 78-92. ISSN 0951-0605

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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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Children and Society
Creators: Brady, G. and Lowe, P.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: January 2020
Volume: 34
Number: 1
ISSN: 0951-0605
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 Oct 2019 15:17
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:17
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38023

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