[image: text: “THERE’S A REASON WHY ‘SENSUAL’ IS IN THE WORD ‘CONSENSUAL’”.]
They are sending the message that people should ask for consent because it is sexy. Not because it’s the ethical thing to do. It implies that consent is less important when it isn’t sexy. When it’s not convenient and neatly packaged.
OH GOOD SOMEONE IS MAKING THIS POINT.
Maybe changing it to “There can be a reason[…]” instead of “There[ is] a reason[…]”? I mean, creating something pithy for a media campaign that utilizes viral and meme based marketing won’t get into the details. That’s why it should only be one part of the campaign.
Though for best practice purpose, any of these images with “pithy” statements that only cover an aspect of the purpose (In this case, pointing out that getting consent doesn’t have to be “unsexy” or a “mood killer” as some parts of society would make it out to be.) should link back to a larger commentary or campaign. Other wise, you are putting out Pithy statements that can be used in a way that goes against your actual intent. Which means your campaign, formal or informal, organizational or grass roots, has failed.
This is a great example for the reasons the above posters have commented. It allows people to Imply that if it is complicated for you to give consent for whatever reason- disability, survivor status, working past taboos around that you’ve learned- that you are “doing it wrong.” Which in and of it self denies the entire purpose of consent- that we have a right to determine what happens to our bodies.
By saying our internal processes of determining that are wrong, you are robbing us of our ability to consent. You delegitimize our voices within our culture (be it the larger culture or our activist subcultures). Essentially you end up perpetuating the same sort of thinking that says that consent is a barrier rather than a matter of personal safety and respect.
So, don’t want to undermine yourself when you are campaigning around using viral and meme stuff? Link back to more info.