Monday, July 29, 2013

Consent and Boundaries: A Safer Space Discussion

Consent is getting and giving permission to do something that may make anyone uncomfortable or a way to offer help that may or may not be needed. Consent can be given for a range of activities, such as holding the door for someone to hugging to getting intimate. A lot of people don't realize how big of a deal consent can be, or rather, how big of a deal crossing a consent boundary can be. They also don't realize how easily it could be prevented in the first place.

Has there been a time when someone crossed your boundaries or done something without asking for consent? How did you respond? How did it make you feel? Did it ruin the rest of the time you shared with that person afterward? Most importantly, did you tell them how it made you feel?

Has there been a time when you crossed another person's boundaries or not asked for consent before doing something (accidentally or not)? How did they respond? How did you respond? 

How do you set boundaries with people you interact with? 

Join us for a safer space discussion on consent and boundaries! Also, feel free to check out this submission to the GqC blog titled Consent and Boundaries!

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 

Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!


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