At Project Consent, we’re always excited when we hear about new consent-positive initiatives. That’s why we’ve partnered up with two wonderful women, Emma Clows and Katarina Matic, for an International Women's Day campaign called "50 Shades of No.” The duo have launched a fashion line that features t-shirts printed with 50 statements in 50 different shades of grey, from off-white to almost black. Each statement is something that a real woman said or did during a sexual encounter she didn’t feel comfortable saying outright ‘no’ to.
When it comes to sex and self-care, masturbation is how you can become comfortable in your own skin and learn about what you want—I mean, what you really really want (shout-out Spice Girls).On those rare occasions in American culture when we refer to sex as a good thing, we expect women to magically know what they're interested in sexually. However, it's impossible to understand your own sexual desires and interests until you learn about them first-hand.
The Project Consent team is looking forward to continue our work in 2018 and many years beyond. As is tradition during the holidays, we wanted to take a look back at all that has happened in the past year. 2017 marked Project Consent’ three year anniversary as an organization working to end rape culture. Our founder, Sara Li, cites the beginning of Project Consent “as a light bulb idea formed in the bedroom of one teenage girl that wanted to make a difference.” Since 2014, we have grown from one individual to a team of eight executive members and over fifty staff members from around the world volunteering to help make a change.
Are you looking for a cute way to show your friends that you stand with Project Consent? Well, it’s a good thing that our newest collaboration with BELIEVE ME just launched! BELIEVE ME features consent-positive, empowering apparel made in the USA. The company was founded by two amazing women, Catie and Hana as a way to fight back against the normalization of sexual violence. The company donates a portion of their profits from each hat to different organizations who all have the same goal - to eradicate rape culture, support survivors, and raise awareness regarding sexual assault.
Project Consent is proud to announce its latest collaboration with Local Wolves Magazine for its upcoming July issue. Local Wolves is a monthly online and print publication based in Southern California with a talented team from all over the world. The magazine delves into the most creative minds from the world of entertainment, arts, and culture. As part of the collaboration, Project Consent has teamed up with Local Wolves for a spread within their July print issue.
It’s been over a year since Project Consent launched its biggest campaign to date, #ConsentIsSimple. This past month, the campaign was nominated for a Webby Award in the Advertising, Media and PR category for Best Video Campaign and with your help - Project Consent won its first ever Webby! Thanks to you, Project Consent won the People’s Choice in our category.
College shouldn't be a place to walk home with pepper spray firmly gripped in your hand. It shouldn't be a place where you don't feel safe putting your cup down for two minutes while you go the bathroom at a party. College is an experience worth remembering for decades afterward — and sexual assault should never be a part of those memories. If you also believe consent is simple, then consider picking up our merchandise to promote that message. Put a sticker on your laptop or water bottle, hang a poster on your dorm wall, or rock a tote bag defining consent for the unaware public. Whatever you decide, you'll take an active part in eliminating the toxic presence of rape culture on your college campus.
This month, we were slapped in the face with the sickening verdict of the Stanford Case. The entire staff at Project Consent sat in equal fury, grief, and stunned disbelief as convicted rapist Brock Allen Turner was given a "lenient" sentencing, while his victim was denied of the justice she rightfully deserved. We were here when Turner's father pleaded on his behalf, when Turner's friend blamed the assault on anything but the rapist, and when the victim, by the anonymous name of Emily Doe, penned a heart-wrenching letter. This is our official statement of support for Emily Doe and the thousands of victims who failed by the system. This is our promise to not only cover the Stanford case detail by detail, but to push for the change that Emily Doe so rightfully deserves. To all survivors: Project Consent stands behind you. The work that we will do will be in your name and we thank you for all the courage that you have shown.
Project Consent is thrilled with the response to our latest #ConsentIsSimple campaign in collaboration with Juniper Park. With over a million combined views on our animated videos, we’re so glad to see such a positive response to our message of consent. With this campaign, we hope to see a rise in conversations about consent and sexual assault, and that means talking about all sexual assault survivors and helping share their voices. In future campaigns, we want to bring a wider scope of awareness to victims of all genders, sexualities, and races. Sexual assault is not an isolated crime; it can unfortunately be experienced by anyone. Project Consent has always done our best to avoid profiling victims and assailants, as we know that such thinking actually contributes to rape culture.
James Deen is not an ignorant byproduct of society. Regardless of his silence now, the statements that he made prior to the outbreak of revelations clearly demonstrate a thorough understanding of sexual assault. Project Consent will not take part in the culture that will allow him to brush off these accusations, nor will we endorse the idea that he was uneducated about his alleged actions. We support any and all of victims of sexual assault, inflicted by Deen and others. This is our work and we firmly stand by it.