According to Deanne Carson, a self-described ‘sexuality educator, speaker and author,’ has instructed parents must ask babies permission to the changing of their diapers in an effort to set up a consenting culture from birth.
During her ABC interview, Carson said she works with kids as young as three on issues involving consent, adding that parents must introduce these ideas much earlier. The woman recognized that babies would be unable to respond back to the parents, however Carson believes eye contact will train the children how to respond with their bodies.
“We work with children from three years old. We work from parents from birth,” the sexuality educator said.
The reporter, confused, asks “from birth?”
“Yes, 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,” Carson responded.
“Of course a baby is not 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.”