Creating cultures of consent : a guide for parents and educators

by McGuire, Laura, 1987-

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With conversations about sexual violence, consent, and bodily autonomy dominating national conversations it can be easy to get lost in the onslaught of well-intended but often poorly executed messages. Through an exploration of research, scholarly expertise, and practical real-world application we can better formulate an understanding of what consent is, how we create consent cultures, and where the path forward lies.This book is designed with both educators and parents in mind. The tools highlighted throughout help adults unlearn harmful narratives about consent, boundaries, and relationships so that they can begin their work internally through modeling and self-reflection. We then uncover what consent truly is and is not, how culture plays an integral role in interpersonal scripting, and how teaching consent as a life skill can look in and out of the classroom. By integrating the need for consent to be taught in schools and homes we build bridges between the spaces where children learn and create alliances in the often-daunting task of eradicating rape-culture.This book is perfect for those already comfortable and familiar with this topic as well as those newer to understanding consent as a paradigm. Starting with a strong historical and research-informed foundation the book builds into action-oriented guidelines for conversations, curriculum, and community activism. This blended approach creates a guidebook that is unlike anything else on the market today.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Consent is rooted in all interpersonal exchanges," advises McGuire, a sexual health educator, in this invaluable debut. Conversations about consent often happen between parents and children, McGuire writes, but the issue is frequently "watered down" with incomplete information. McGuire defines consent ("respect for the dignity, personhood, and well-being of every living thing") and makes the case that it should be taught both at home and at school: while parents can model good morals, children's exposure to morality should not "happen in a vacuum." Consent, the author argues, can be taught as early as 18 months (when a child first understands the word no), and can be "infused" in every subject taught in school. Science class, for instance, could highlight the chemical reactions that occur in the body during decision-making or trauma, while human rights could be addressed in English or social studies classes. A list of key takeaways rounds out each chapter, and McGuire proposes questions to prompt conversations with children (asking them "what movies tell us" about how men and women should behave, for example). McGuire offers a path to create a culture that is respectful of each individual's autonomy and personal boundaries. Teachers and parents looking to enrich their conversations about consent should give this a look. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sexual consent -- United States.
Teenagers -- Sexual behavior -- United States.
Sex instruction -- United States.
Rape -- United States -- Prevention.
Publisher Lanham, Maryland :2021
Language English
Description xv, 116 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781475850963
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