If you’ve ever questioned whether or not your sexual encounters were consensual (because you are missing a few brain cells/are confused by what “yes” and no” mean), you can now calm your nerves – there’s an app for that.
We-Consent is a bizarre phone app that claims to “make a record of affirmative consent.” Right before you do the deed, just load up the camera, announce your consent, and end the taping with a moment awkward enough to make her leave. Because that’s probably exactly what’s going to happen.
According to the website:
“WE-CONSENT™TAKES LESS THAN 20 SECONDS TO USE AND CREATES A SEVEN YEAR ENCRYPTED RECORD OF A MUTUAL “YES” AVAILABLE ONLY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, UPON JUDICIAL ORDER, OR AS EVIDENCE IN A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY SEXUAL ASSAULT DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING. VIDEOS ARE NOT OTHERWISE AVAILABLE TO USERS.
THE APP ASKS THE FIRST USER FOR HIS/HER NAME AND THEN THE NAME OF THE INTENDED PARTNER. IT THEN INSTRUCTS THE USER TO FIND THE PARTNER AND POINT THE BACK CAMERA OF THE PHONE TOWARDS THAT PARTNER’S FACE. THE PARTNER IS ASKED TO STATE HER/HIS NAME AND IS THEN INFORMED THAT THE ORIGINAL USER DESIRES SEXUAL RELATIONS. THE PARTNER INDICATES “YES” OR “NO”. IN THE ABSENSE OF A DEFINITIVE “YES” THE APP WILL DESTROY THE VIDEOS AND ASK THAT THE USERS TRY AGAIN.”
So, there’s that. Why can’t you just have a good-natured discussion on whether or not you guys want to bang? Why do you have to double check with your phone? That sounds creepier than anything else about this situation.
Anyway, not only is the app a total mood killer, but it’s also awoken controversy amongst those you’d expect to be the company’s biggest advocates.
According to the The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre,
“This app seems to completely misunderstand sexual consent as an ongoing process rather than a one-off decision.
It also appears to be based on the myth of sexual miscommunication, that rape is the result of a misunderstanding of consent rather than a decision made by a rapist.”
A fair point. So maybe We-Consent should just go away?
We’s say that’s the easiest solution to this whole sh*tshow.