A ‘sexuality expert’ has attracted mass ridicule after saying that parents should ask babies for their permission before changing their diapers in order to set up a culture of consent from birth.
Speaking to ABC News (Australia), Deanne Carson was asked what age clients she works with. She replied: “We work with children from three years old, we work with parents from birth”.
“From birth?” the host responds, to which Carson smugly retorts:
“Yeah, just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. So, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that ok?’
“Of course the baby isn’t going to respond, ‘Yes 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”.
Carson bills herself as a ‘sexuality educator, researcher, speaker, author and ultimate keeper of a straight face when dispelling children’s misconceptions about bodies and baby making’ according to her website.
Carson likely underestimated the response, however, of the internet, which has roundly mocked her and her “expertise” on the subject matter, Breitbart reports.
The author and activist, who describes herself as having realised “there was an urgent and growing need to discuss how children and teens interact with digital sexual content”, presumably also meant to say “Mum or Dad” when referring to the changing of a nappy.
She also failed to communicate what would or should happen if said baby refuses “consent” to having their diaper changed.