‘Go on, Go on, Go on’: Sexual Consent, Child Sexual Exploitation and Cups of Tea

Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe

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    This novel paper critically addresses a currently popular sex education resource which compares sexual consent to tea drinking. Drawing from a study which considered the meaning of consent through focus groups and interviews with young people and professionals, we argue that the central ‘risk avoidance’ message of such resources individualises the potential risks of non-consensual sex and ignores the gendered social structures which shape interpersonal relationships. We suggest that simplifying and extrapolating sexual consent from broader cultural understandings is problematic. Conversations with young people are important, but they need to address the complexity of sexual consent, coercion and gendered sexual norms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)78-92
    Number of pages15
    JournalChildren & Society
    Issue number1
    Early online date12 Sept 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


    British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme (SG131368)


    • sexual consent
    • sexual exploitation
    • young people
    • young women
    • child sexual exploitation
    • gendered power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Education
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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