December 17th was the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
To mark this date, Big Susie’s held a film screening and open mic night at This Ain’t Hollywood. The organizers asked folks planning to attend the event if they would bring their own sex positive performances
A group of four women decided to be brave and try out an idea they had been floating around for a while now about putting on a performance of sexy consent.
The decision came out of an observation that talking about good consent often comes in instructional format—Ask questions! Check in! Out loud!—but rarely in the form of sharing actual examples
They created a sexy consent-filled body shadow-puppet show about making out and having sex, and tried it out for the first time last night
Here are some reflections from anonymous performers A, B, C and D!
What was the performance about?
Performer A: This performance was about consent and how it can be supersexy and fun! We showed consent in a couple different scenes.
Performer B: I think that performance was about how consent can really enhance a sexy-experience. It doesn’t need to be a chore — it can be superhot to put words to our desires.
Performer C: It was about being brave and about creating more public examples of positive, healthy sex.
Performer D: To me this performance was about turning that bullet point list that outlines what consent is and what it is not into real life words and actions. To me, this performance was about removing the privacy tape from around the topic of consent. To me this was about showing people examples of something that should have been openly discussed in my grade ten health class in that portable where all we discussed in detail were the proper spellings of sexually transmitted infections.