Stand-up comedian Janelle James’ new video advertises training to help ladies to learn to smile non-stop so guys on the street never have to have their day ruined!
In this video, part of the #ConsentIsEverything campaign, Blue Seat Studio and blogger RockstarDinosaurPiratePrincess (Emmeline May) explains what is consent through different situations with a tea analogy.
Emmeline May explained on her blog the use of this particular metaphor, which can seem absurd : “[…]of course you wouldn’t force feed someone tea because they said yes to a cup last week. Of COURSE you wouldn’t pour tea down the throat of an unconcious person because they said yes to tea 5 minutes ago when they were conscious. But if you can understand how completely ludicrous it is to force people to have tea when they don’t want tea, and you are able to understand when people don’t want tea, then how hard is it to understand when it comes to sex?”
I Never Ask For It is a campaign initiated by Blank Noise, a collective fighting against street harassment initiated by Jasmeen Patheja in August 2003. They describe themselves as “a volunteer/ Action Hero led community arts collective committed to tackling gender based violence and building safe spaces”.
This campaign builds testimonials of sexual violences with clothing : victims send a picture of the garment they were wearing when they felt sexually assaulted. For Blank Noise “each garment is a witness, a testimonial, and a rejection of blame. Each garment builds resonance in saying, ‘I Never Ask For It.’”.