Deanne Carson, an Australian “sexuality educator,” went on ABC (the Australian one) to talk about creating a culture of consent in the home. So far, so good, right? The thing is, Carson thinks creating a culture of consent means asking babies, from birth, if they consent to having their “nappies” (diapers) changed.
Host: How young are some of the children you talk to?
Carson: We work with children from two years old, we work with parents from birth.
Host: From birth?
Carson: Yeah, yep. Just about how to set up a culture of consent in their home. So “I’m gonna change your nappy now, is that ok?” Of course, a baby’s not gonna respond “Yeah, mum, that’s 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’re letting that child know that their response matters.
Umm what? With a newborn, this is patently ridiculous, because they have no idea what you’re asking. With a child old enough to know what you’re asking, they’re likely too busy playing to give consent. They never want their diaper changed, there are legos to be built.