It seems the world is truly going mad. While appearing on an ABC News (Australia) segment, “sexuality expert” and author Deanne Carson suggested that babies give consent to have their diapers changed.
“We work with children from three years old, we work with parents from birth,” she said.
“From birth?” the host asked in response, to which Carson stated:
“Yeah, just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. So, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that ok?’
“Of course the baby isn’t going to respond, ‘Yes mum that’s awesome, I’d love to have my nappy changed’. But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters”.
According to the UK Independent:
Since the segment aired, many people on social media have criticised Carson and her suggestions for building an environment of child consent.
“Sorry but if a child has a dirty nappy then their parents should change it because that’s part of caring for your child properly – not because their child granted them permission,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another said: “Can you imagine showing up at the doctors with your baby because due to a lack of permission you couldn’t change its nappy for days and now your baby has a skin condition?”
Sky News Australia commentator Rowan Dean also labeled the idea, “lefty lunacy.”
Carson responded to the backlash:
I gave an interview the other day about teaching consent to young children. It was in response to the Four Corners episode featuring the incredibly courageous Saxon Mullins.
Sadly, some people have chosen to… https://t.co/qevUkfy5Sx
— Deanne Carson (@DeanneCarson) May 9, 2018
Sadly, her Facebook post is no longer available. We’re not certain if Carson pulled the post or if Facebook censored it.
According to the Independent, Carson concluded her post by claiming that those who criticized her are harmful to survivors of sexual assault as it negates “the voices of these brave survivors of sexual abuse.”
Here’s video of the initial statement:
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