What Does Consent Really Mean?
Pete Wallis, Joseph Wilkins, Thalia Wallis
Note this book is not aimed at a Christian audience per se. Christians may be, some will be, offended by the topics covered here. However, it may open doors for communication for parents, friends, and classrooms.
The authors provide a guide toward understanding what many mean by “Consent” in today’s secular culture. They take no stand on the ethical, moral, or faith based decisions involved in giving consent, only on how to recognize and accept consent or the lack thereof. Same gender issues are addressed, but not strongly - almost as afterthoughts.
Though the reader is given ideas on how to recognize consent, little is said how to respond when consent is not granted. In other words, nothing specific is said about what “No” really means. Another missing topic is the use of alcohol or drugs to limit inhibitions. This topic rises to the service, not as the result of a date rape drug being administered; but as a current criminal case makes it way through the California court system when a guy was seduced by an inebriated girl of similar age. The courts ruled that he was not guilty - a legal decision, not a moral one.
Finally, no mention is made of the issue of consent within a marriage or other established relationship - it is as if the issue of consent only must be addressed by those still dating.
The book provides a beginning point for discussions, it opens the door for conversation; but suggestions need to be made to discuss the missing elements of consent, not covered directly by the authors.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.