This Government Video That’s Meant To Be Teaching Teenagers About Consent Has Been Deemed A Big Fail
Using milkshakes to explain an important concept like consent? Make it make sense.
As first reported by news.com.au, the video in question is a bit of a hot mess. It features a woman smearing a milkshake over a man’s face as an example of “when one person takes action without an agreement” — aka without mutual consent.
The same analogy is used when deciding to order pizza and questioning whether an individual can touch someone else’s butt.
All of these situations are illustrated under the backdrop of a retro-esque diner, with the girl being positioned as the abuser — which was certainly an interesting choice to make.
The video was made as part of The Good Society — a teaching resource designed to help educate students about respectful relationships.
But, the response has been less than savoury, with many Australians slamming both the video and its confusing messaging.
Now, this is just my opinion, but teenagers are a lot smarter than this video gives them credit for.
Sure, analogies are great at explaining concepts, but if we’re talking about sexual consent, let’s use the words “sex” and “consent”. This would hopefully normalise younger people saying these words out loud and asking for consent when needed.
Anyway, here’s hoping that the Morrison government takes these responses seriously and comes up with a more informed way of teaching teenagers about consent and sexual harassment.