The University of Kent is committed to cultivating and strengthening a culture of consent in our community, and we can’t wait to launch our sex-positive consent campaign on Wednesday 9th February: Celebrating Consent Day! Everyone is welcome to attend, learn, and participate.
Join us in Darwin Conference Suite from 1pm for an afternoon of interactive and engaging sessions. Get your free tickets via Eventbrite where you can book tickets for as many or as few sessions as you would like!
13:00-14:00 The World of Online Dating: find your perfect partner and stay safe
We are starting our afternoon with a workshop on online dating. METRO and Protection Against Stalking (PAS) will be telling us about how to stay safe in the online dating world, and how to create a profile and enjoy getting know people. This is for everyone! Whatever your gender, sexuality, age or current dating status, there will be intel for you to reflect on navigating digital spaces and your online identity.
14:15-15:15 Sex & Empowerment with Ruby Rare
For the second session we will be joined by Ruby Rare, a sex-educator, artist, and body-positive champion. She’s on a mission to engage people of all ages in positive conversations about sex and pleasure. Her work is influenced by her experiences as a queer, non-monogamous, dual-heritage person. She has recently launched the podcast In Touch and is the author of ‘Sex Ed: A Guide for Adults’. You can expect a talk that moves away from the typical heteronormative sex-ed and addresses the ways in which we can tackle the stigmas around consent education and put pleasure first.
Ruby is a proud ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health charity for young people, co-founder of life drawing collective Body Love Sketch Club, and has spoken at TedXLondon, Women of the World Festival, and on BBC Woman’s Hour. She is listed as one of 24 figures making a positive change to social media in Cosmopolitan’s 2021 Positivity Index.
15:30-17:00 Crafting Consent: a collaborative artwork
Our final session invites all participants to reflect on sex-positivity, empowerment, and consent by making a contribution to our community artwork. We will be providing all the materials you need and food to fuel your inner artist! Stick around for a chat with our speakers and each other, have time to discuss your ideas and responses while we create a lasting memento of this snapshot in time of Kent’s journey to a more inclusive sex-positive culture.
We hope to see you there!
Will you help us put a full stop to sexual assault and misconduct? Consent. Get it. Full Stop. Stay up to date with events and activities for this campaign: #ConsentGetIt on socials.
Written by Filipa Paes, student, 21.01.22