Not Clear About Consent? There’s An App For That
With the rampant sexual misconduct allegations that have recently taken over Hollywood erupting when many women stepped forward to reveal they had been harassed and even assaulted by producer Harvey Weinstein, America is now having a long overdue about consent, boundaries and rape culture. But can consent really be made clear with a single click? Dutch tech company, Legal Things doesn’t know if communicating consent is quite that simple but it’s a start. The company is currently working on an app that creates a legally binding contract between romantic partners.
According to the official website, the Legal Fling app allows users to ask partners to sign a legally binding document that consents to an assortment of sexual acts at the users’ discretion:
“LegalFling creates a legally binding agreement, which means any offense is a breach of contract. By using the Live Contracts protocol, your private agreement is verifiable using the blockchain and enforceable with a single click.”
BET reports Legal Flings says the app can allegedly help protect against:
- non-consensual sex
- helps set sexual boundaries
- unwanted videos
- stops partners from withholding information about STDs
- offensive porn reenactment
- keeping your spicy photo or video you make with your partner between the both of you
While it seems to cover all bases, it’s no secret that sex can get pretty complicated, and folks had questions about what happens if you consent through the app and then have a change of heart as soon as your phone locks? Legal Fling is clear that “no” still means no, regardless of was or wasn’t signed:
“’No’ means ‘no’ at any time. Being passed out means ‘no’ at any time. This is explicitly described in the agreement. Additionally, you can withdraw consent going forward through the LegalFling app with a single tap.”
Legal Fling believes it’s a step in the right direction in eliminating rape culture even if it just begins a conversation about values and boundaries by “getting explicit consent and expressing your do’s and don’ts before sex.”
But not everyone is a fan, and some Twitter users expressed that the rape culture that plagues the country can’t be solved with one single swipe and that consent should be a conversation, not a click:
Do you think an app like Legal Fling can help clear up confusion about consent or is it adding to the problem?