Deanne Carson describes herself a “sexuality educator, speaker, and author". The sexuality expert recently went viral for sharing her thoughts on teaching consent from an early age.
In fact, Carson believes that we should be teaching our child consent as early as when we are changing their diapers! She made that suggestion en ABC News and many viewers have since then expressed their confusion over that idea. Carson even had to deactivate her Facebook and Twitter accounts after people started to react to her views!
It all started when Carson spoke on television about her organization "Body Safety Australia", which fights against child sexual abuse. According to the purple-haired woman, the goal is to teach children to be confident in their own bodies. Part of its work therefore also consists in establishing a "culture of consent" in families from the birth of the child.
She believes babies should even be asked for their consent before changing their diapers. The parents should make eye contact with the child and ask: "I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?”
She continued: “Of course a baby is not going to respond ‘yes mum, that is awesome, I’d love to have my nappy changed.’
“But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you are letting that child know that their response matters,” said Carson.
Her statement received a lot of criticism and mockery online:
“Sorry but if a child has a dirty nappy then their parents should change it because that’s part of caring for your child properly - not because their child granted them permission,” wrote one person on Twitter. But not everyone is laughing to her idea. Carson affirms that she even received death threats and was called a "hysterical leftist".
It remains to be seen if her suggestion to ask babies for "permission to change their diapers" is really feasible. The idea of consent in itself is really important and it is necessary to transmit it to children, but everything must be done within the limits of what is possible.
What do you think of her idea? Do you agree with Carson? You can watch the full interview and decide for yourself!
Source: Independent · Photo Credit: Adobe Stock