“Practicing consent is an important step in creating a culture we want to live in. A culture in which people are respected and have autonomy, choice, agency, to decide for themselves what is best for them.”
Consent culture is the healthy alternative to rape culture. A culture of consent is one where consent is normalized, both within society at large and our relationships.
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Autonomy is the freedom to make decisions without outside interference and is central to a culture of consent. Oppression limits the autonomy that marginalized people have over their lives, wellbeing, bodies and health (sexual and otherwise). This lack of autonomy contributes to the power imbalances discussed earlier.