Science has shown that, to some men, “no” doesn’t necessarily mean “no.” In fact, a recent study revealed that many men — a chilling number of men — do not consider some forms of rape to be rape at all.
While over 31 percent of college-aged men said that they would act on “intentions to force a woman to sexual intercourse” if they could get away with it, just 13.6 [percent said they had “intentions to rape a woman” if there were no consequences for their actions. In fact, according to the study’s authors, some men may view “forced intercourse as an achievement,” or perceive a woman’s “no” to be a “token resistance consistent with stereotypical gender norms.”
Thankfully, someone has figured out how to explain consent in a way that even the most callous and clueless of men can understand: With tea.
Yes, tea. Blue Seat Studios released a handy guide to consent that makes the situation incredibly simple: If you offer someone tea, and they say “no,” then you don’t make them tea. You don’t pour it down their throats and — this is the important part — if a person is unconscious, there is no way in hell that they want tea.
If someone doesn’t want tea, or if they decide that they no longer want tea after you’ve made it, you certainly don’t force them to drink it, do you?
If they are passed out, they can’t exactly consent to drinking tea anyway, so…no tea. You should probably just make sure you keep them safe, instead.
“If you can understand how completely ludicrous it is to force people to have tea when they don’t want tea, and you’re able to understand when people don’t want tea, then how hard is it to understand it when it comes to sex?” the narrator asks. “Whether it’s tea or sex, consent is everything.”
Watch this simple, yet powerful animation, below — and remember, no tea unless someone actually wants it:[vimeo 126553913 w=500 h=281] <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/126553913″>tea consent</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user23538423″>Blue Seat Studios</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>