A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent is all that it promises to be! It’s very concise and informative, short and simple to read, but at the same time engaging and just fun to look at.
A quick, easy and important educational illustrated guide to giving and receiving consent in sex, relationships, and other physical contact.
How do you tell someone you want to do stuff with them? How do you ask if they want to do stuff with you? How do you know what stuff you want to do with each other? Enter: Sargeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry, a beacon of clarity in a fuzzy minefield of questions. Sarge drops in on a diverse range of folks deciding whether to engage in sexual activity in this short and fun comic guide to communicating what you want, don’t want, and how you want it!
With wit and charm, Sarge also includes tips on what affirmative consent looks like, advocating for what you want, and setting boundaries that honor your comfort and safety. The result is a positive resource illustrating how easy it really is to respect each other’s bodies and desires.
I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
I loved the disclaimers, content warnings, etc. at the beginning!!! It talks clearly about what it is and it is not. I also loved that it was inclusive and openly talked about genders, both that gender bias does exist, that a lot of common social norms and conversations about sex are (cis-)sexist, and that consent and lack of consent isn’t tied to gender.
On that note, yay to the non-binary “guide” who moderates the lesson that is this book, that was a lovely touch!
As I said before the art is fun to look at and also inclusive in body types and skin colours.
The book also made sure to talk about social norms and how that affects how we communicate, particularly about sex and consent. There’s talk about how talking about sex is a skill that you can and should practice!! For that it provides checklists and conversation starters to practice sexual and consent focussed communication, as well as more resources. It also includes direct quotes from several sexual consent educators.
My favourite touch and what was actually new to me was how clear it was that consent can and should go so much further than “not assault,” and that it can and should go past that entirely to truly be affirmative, which is referred to as gold standart of consent.