The New Age of Consent: Part 2 - Re-writing the Rules
Actress and broadcaster Jameela Jamil tackles the explosive conversation around sexual assault to determine what consent in sex and relationships should look like in a modern, digital world. The recent sexual assault allegations that have surfaced from the #MeToo movement have radically changed how men and women view consent. The invisible contracts that get passed between sexual partners have begun to feel outdated for many. With every new story that comes out, a series of opinion articles are published overnight. Broadcaster Jameela Jamil joined the conversation - and her concise, blunt and cutting article spread like wildfire across social media. In this two-part series, Jameela asks if our legal and moral interpretation of "consent" is no longer fit for purpose, particularly for a new social media and sexually literate generation that behaves differently, and expects different standards of behaviour. In this second episode, Jameela explores what fundamental aspects of society need to change in order to bring about a form of consent that works for all. She looks at education, asking at what age consent should be taught to children, and considers whether the fact our wider lives play out in a non-consensual society ultimately translates into our sex lives.
Produced by Anishka Sharma
Executive Producer: David Prest
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.