Blurred lines: Be clear on consent
Remember 2013? Prince George was born, Beyoncé performed at the super bowl, Justin Bieber ‘monkey gate’ happened and Robin Thicke released a catchy tune called ‘Blurred lines.’
The song caused a lot of controversy. From its video to lines in the song, such as ‘I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it.’ It was banned from student events in over 20 Universities in the U.K. Ok...it was just a song, but what does it say about our culture and the way that we approach relationships when a song of this sentiment led the Billboard top 100 for 12 weeks that year.
With the #metoo and ‘Time’s Up’ movements getting a lot of media coverage, Universities all over the UK are also taking action to look at how we learn about consent in our community and how we support each other to build healthy relationships.
Manchester Metropolitan University is now running workshops on consent in our Welcome Programme as part of our work to address this agenda and to help keep you safe during your time at University.
Details of the workshops can be found on Career Hub. You will be able to log in and book a session when registered with Career hub:
These hour-long workshops are a fun and interactive way to understand sexual consent and how to recognise situations when consent can and cannot be given, whatever your gender or sexuality.
There will be lots of freebies, information on support and a chance to get to know other students! We’ll see you there!
Alternatively, if you would like to explore consent in your own time use your @stu.mmu.ac.uk email address to register at https://studying.epigeum.com
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