Teaching children from a young age about the importance of consent is, well, very important.
That said, many feel one woman is going way too far in trying to make this happen. Sexual consent expert Deanna Carson wants kids to understand what consent means as well, but she wants these types of lessons to start at an age when they can’t understand much of anything — when they’re still wearing diapers.
Now Carson is making headlines and creating quite the stir for what some are calling a crazy suggestion. She says parents should “ask” their baby’s permission before changing their diaper. Really.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 10, 2018
Obviously, your first response, like many others, is that babies can’t understand a single word you say to them, let alone give consent.
“If you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye-contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters,” Deanne Carson said. https://t.co/euB8mbO5hJ
— Essential Baby (@essentialbaby) May 11, 2018
However, it became apparent that her real point wasn’t to elicit a response; rather, it is supposed to instill a sense in the child that their response is an important one and is supposed to give them a greater autonomy over their bodies when they’re older.
No, she’s saying you should ask the baby if it’s OK. To get kids used to the idea that their bodies are their own. “Deanne acknowledged babies would not be able to answer but said it’s still important.”
— John Bowman (@johnbowman) May 10, 2018