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Beyond the Basics: Consent in BDSM

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We all need to be able to talk about Consent. Most of us have learned the idea that “No means No”, but Consent goes way beyond that. Join The Consent Academy for this special 4 hour workshop, designed specifically for moving “beyond the basics” within the BDSM community. When we’re playing with BDSM, or getting kinky, being able to talk about and get consent is even more important given the risks and complications involved. Get some tips, tricks, and tools for talking about Consent in BDSM. Learn how to move towards an informed Yes and a better understanding of what it means. Join us to in developing a full and robust Consent Culture.

This workshop will include a lot of information about consent as a topic, look at ways of dealing with the complexities involved, focus on consent as part of BDSM & Kink culture, touch on the language of consent, and talk a little about dealing with consent incidents and violations. There will plenty of time for questions and discussion.

About the Consent Academy:

The Consent Academy is a collective of consent educators and experts. We are committed to building consent culture by:

– Making consent education accessible and inclusive to all ages and backgrounds.
– Creating relevant, targeted, and original consent content and curriculum.
– Establishing a common consent vocabulary.
– Applying the concepts of consent to diverse settings and contexts.
– Challenging assumptions, perceptions, and the status quo.
– Empowering dialogue around and the application of consent in daily life.
– Operating authentically, bravely, honestly, and with acceptance for ourselves and others.
– Embracing these two concepts: Consent is essential. Consent is for everyone.

We talk a lot about consent and consensual activity. It’s the cornerstone of what we teach and who we are. And while that is easy to say, we know that living a dedication to consent takes work, awareness, and a willingness to engage.

Our understanding of consent is this:

– Consent covers all forms of interaction. It creates a space where the safety and agency of all parties is honored using healthy communication and negotiation to craft informed boundaries in the moment and for the future.
​- Consent, explicit and implicit, is dependent on the capacity of the parties involved, the context of the situation, and can be revoked at any time. It is a process of constant and collaborative discovery.
– Consent is essential.

We know that working on issues of consent can be hard:
It is not enough to simply state that consent is important. To build a consent culture, we need to both talk about consent and find ways to share our understanding with others.
It is not enough to sit on the sidelines and watch as consent is discussed and debated. We all share in the responsibility to find better ways to talk about, explore, and protect consent for all people.
It is not enough to say that “no mean no” and “yes means yes.” Consent is something that needs to be discussed, worked with, and above all practiced on a day to day basis.
Stating that consent is important is useless if we don’t model that behavior personally. And, such simple statements are outright dangerous if we avoid creating policies and procedures within organizations that reflect a solid understanding of consent and a willingness to actively protect people.

Details

Date:
March 25
Time:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue

Maritime Labour Center
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4C3 Canada
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Phone:
604-254-9550
Website:
http://www.maritimelabourcentre.com/
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