Hey all! Guess where we are?? We're enjoying our last morning in Austin, TX! We're writing this a bit ahead of time to get you the Mash-Up on Monday, but we're pretty sure the conference went awesome and we met some wonderful people! We'll tell you a bit more about that next week.
For the time being we wanted to share some COM|PASSionate Consent Worksheets we made for our little Queering Consent Playshop at the Contemporary Relationships Conference this past weekend!
First up! COM|PASSionate Preference Exploration Flow Chart
While "No, means, NO," is an important place to start in any consent conversation we realize that their are a multitude of layers underlying our ability to say, NO, clearly when we need to. There are also a multitude of layers that inhibit us from saying, YES, when we want to. This cycle multiplies and complicates with each level of intersection- especially for queer folks who spend a lot of time being told they're... well, queer (and not in the good way.) This COM|PASSionate Preference Chart can be used to neutralize and explore your interests, preferences, inclinations and, all out, turn ons. It's a starting point to "getting down with your desires and under the covers with your body boundaries," so you can start a dialogue with your body that informs how you articulate personal consent.
Now that you've flow-charted your way through any preferences that need a little more exploration you might want to start thinking about what your body/language/preference boundaries are over all. This chart can help you get organized about boundaries you might want to hold for yourself as well as things you might want to express to current or future partner|s.
This is a quick way to document your preferences and boundaries for yourself or to share with a partner. This list is moveable, changeable and expires at the writer's will!
So, until next time, we hope that you all have a wonderful week of consensual and fulfilling play and exploration with yourself and others!
Lastly, if you're still confused about consent but understand the etiquette of tea (or if you're anyone on this planet that interacts with anyone else on the planet) watch this video:
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In COM|PASSionate REVOLUTION,
Skye is a youth worker, educator, activist and white transmasculine human. Traci is a therapist, yoga teacher, educator and queer vegan femme-inist of color. They reside, practice, navigate, survive and flourish in the Southern California area. The Mental Health Mash-Up is their offering of thoughts, process and tips towards mental health and wellness as queer folks navigating the intersections of stigma, oppression and identities.