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An app for sexual consent? Let’s all swipe ‘No’ to that

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THERE could be an app, soon, on which you can log your consent to a sexual act before it happens. A Dutch software development company have announced they have devised such a system in response to planned new rape laws in Sweden which will require partners to give explicit consent to sexual acts. “Asking someone to sign a contract before having sex is a little uncomfortable,” CEO of the company, LegalThings, Rick Schmitz said in a press release. “With LegalFling, a simple swipe to consent is enough to legally justify the fling.”

It makes you wonder what the world is coming to when this is the solution to the problem of rape and sexual assault. In the Twitter-storm world that exists following #MeToo, there is a defensiveness that is producing ridiculous and extreme solutions. Rather than consent being about talking things through, or reading each other’s body signs, we are now being asked to consider an app as the answer to the problem.

I’m not saying the app couldn’t work. For a young generation whose world is digital and whose prime communication is online, the consent swipe might not seem so awkward. One person presses the consent request and it’s like saying: "I want you." The other responds........

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