By Grace Vasquez
With the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movement more and more stories are popping up from women who say they have been assaulted in one form or another by men in power. However, now the waters have been muddied a bit with the latest accusation against actor Aziz Ansari who thought his intimacy with a woman was consensual, she however says it was not. So, have we progressed to that point where we need to sign a contract before going out on a date?
A controversial new app is hoping to take any element of question out of sexual encounters. It’s called LegalFling, and for now is still a concept, but would create legally binding contracts pertaining to sexual consent. The contracts could include options like having a list of sexual do’s and don’ts, photo and video approval, whether a condom should be used, whether explicit language can be used, and a guarantee that prospective partners are STD-free. Well, nothing spells romance like answering a questionnaire like your at a doctors office right?
Some legal activists are already saying the concept is a bad one, citing the fact that consent for sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time including after sex has started. In a statement on the Dutch firm’s website, a spokesman said: ‘Sex should be fun and safe, but nowadays a lot of things can go wrong’ LegalFling is hoping to accomplish many things including revenge porn.
While the app right now is just a concept, the creators are hoping to gain financial support to make the app a reality. And sadly, this is the reality of the times we are now living in if you are in the dating world. ~grace