Consent Quotes

Quotes tagged as "consent" (showing 1-30 of 54)
Cormac McCarthy
“Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Albert Einstein
“If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.”
Albert Einstein

Jaclyn Friedman
“A slut is someone, usually a woman, who’s stepped outside of the very narrow lane that good girls are supposed to stay within. Sluts are loud. We’re messy. We don’t behave. In fact, the original definition of “slut” meant “untidy woman.” But since we live in a world that relies on women to be tidy in all ways, to be quiet and obedient and agreeable and available (but never aggressive), those of us who color outside of the lines get called sluts. And that word is meant to keep us in line.”
Jaclyn Friedman

Richard Paul Evans
“Mr. Vey, you cannot be stuffed into a locker without your consent." Dallstrom said, which may be the dumbest thing ever said in a school. "You should have resisted. That's like blaming someone who was struck by lightning for getting in the way.”
Richard Paul Evans, The Prisoner of Cell 25

Roxane Gay
“All too often, when we see injustices, both great and small, we think, That's terrible, but we do nothing. We say nothing. We let other people fight their own battles. We remain silent because silence is easier. Qui tacet consentire videtur is Latin for 'Silence gives consent.' When we say nothing, when we do nothing, we are consenting to these trespasses against us.”
Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

Amy Reed
“Silence does not mean yes. No can be thought and felt but never said. It can be screamed silently on the inside. It can be in the wordless stone of a clenched fist, fingernails digging into palm. Her lips sealed. Her eyes closed. His body just taking, never asking, never taught to question silence”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls

Amy Hatvany
“There are some wounds unreachable by words, some sins immune to apology.”
Amy Hatvany, It Happens All the Time

Molly Ringle
“You’re going to kidnap me again?”
Adrian tried a smile. “No, I’ll ask you if you *want* to be kidnapped again.”
Molly Ringle, Persephone's Orchard

Noam Chomsky
“In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the U.S., there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy. In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that “the very essence of the democratic process” is “the freedom to persuade and suggest,” what he calls “the engineering of consent.” “A leader,” he continues, “frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding … Democratic leaders must play their part in … engineering … consent to socially constructive goals and values,” applying “scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs”; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is “socially constructive,” to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society.”
Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

Rachel Moran
“The assumption of choice leads to the conclusion of consent, but choice and consent are erroneous concepts here. Their invalidity rests on the fact that a woman’s compliance in prostitution is a response to circumstances beyond her control, and this produces an environment which prohibits even the possibility of true consent. There is a difference between consent and reluctant submission. As a lawyer and scholar Catharine Mackinnon says ‘…when fear and despair produce acquiescence and acquiescence is taken to mean consent, consent is not a meaningful concept’.”
Rachel Moran, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution

Amy Hatvany
“The girl I’d been just an hour ago was gone; she’d been obliterated. I had no idea who I was, now.”
Amy Hatvany, It Happens All the Time

Amy Hatvany
“Maybe he was too drunk to hear me when I told him to stop. Maybe I didn’t say it loudly enough. Maybe I didn’t say it enough times.”
Amy Hatvany, It Happens All the Time

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“No future triumph or metamorphosis can justify the pitiful blighting of a human being against his will.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Tell her that her body belongs to her and her alone, that she should never feel the need to say yes to something she does not want, or something she feels pressured to do. Teach her that saying no when no feels right is something to be proud of.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Amy Hatvany
“No, I thought. No way. I love her too much. I would never do that. And then again, those two words, her voice, exploding inside my head: “Tyler, wait!”
Amy Hatvany, It Happens All the Time

Amy Hatvany
“I felt numb, I felt empty. I was a shell, an abandoned chrysalis, a tomb lying in wait for the dead”
Amy Hatvany, It Happens All the Time

Laurie Penny
“This is what consent culture means. It means expecting more — demanding more. It means treating one another as complex human beings with agency and desire, not just once, but continually. It means adjusting our ideas of dating and sexuality beyond the process of prying a grudging “yes” out of another human being. Ideally you want them to say it again, and again, and mean it every time. Not just because it’s hotter that way, although it absolutely is; consent doesn’t have to be sexy to be centrally important. But because when you get down to it, sexuality should not be about arguing over what you can get away with and still call consensual.”
Laurie Penny

Courtney Carola
“the man i went on a date with did more than try to "cure me" of my asexuality
it's funny because i never thought someone's penis would be considered an antidote of any kind
and i don't think that's what my doctor meant when he told me i needed more Vitamin D in my diet
but apparently my sexuality was enough of a diagnosis for him to decide to play doctor with me
maybe he should’ve put his stethoscope up to my mouth instead of between my breasts
maybe then he would’ve heard me when i told him to stop it”
Courtney Carola, Have Some Pride: A Collection of LGBTQ+ Inspired Poetry

“A "knowing" public is a consenting public. We know what is really going on. Time to do something about it.”
Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

“Without 'consent' in any human interactions, there's an ethical violation.”
Henry Johnson Jr

Rachel Moran
“What the proponents of prostitution conveniently ignore is that lack of opportunity is lack of choice.”
Rachel Moran, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution

Helen Oyeyemi
“Consent is a downward motion, I think - a leap or a fall - and whether they'll admit it or not, even the most decisive people can find themselves unable to tell whether or not their consent was freely given. That inability to discover whether you jumped or were pushed brings about a deadened gaze and a downfall all its own”
Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours

“Divorce is a consent to an insignificant togetherness of two persons who are bounded by a stamp of trivial marriage.”
Yash Thakur

Peggy Orenstein
“Young women today are sold the idea that sexiness is the same as sexuality, that being desirable is more important than understanding their own desires.”
Peggy Orenstein, Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

Peggy Orenstein
“The statistics on sexual assault may have forced a national dialogue on consent but honest conversations between adults and teenagers about what happens after 'yes', discussions about ethics, respect, decision making, sensuality, reciprocity, relationship building, the ability to assert desires and set limits remain rare. And while we are more often telling children that both parties must agree unequivocally to a sexual encounter, we still tend to avoid the biggest taboo of all; women's capacity for, and entitlement to, sexual pleasure.”
Peggy Orenstein, Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

Peggy Orenstein
“We are learning to support girls as they 'lean in' educationally and professionally, yet in this most personal of realms, we allow them to topple.
It's almost as if parents believe that if they don't tell their daughters that sex should feel good, they won't find out. And perhaps that's correct, they don't. Not easily anyway. But the outcome is hardly what adults could've hoped.”
Peggy Orenstein, Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

Thomas Hobbes
“Silence is sometimes an argument of Consent”
Thomas Hobbes

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