Binary Thinking and Dealing with Abuse

The biggest problem with this binary view of 100% good people & 100% bad people is that people tend to take the view that preventing abuse and rape is simply a matter of getting rid of the “few bad apples in the barrel”. They think that if only we had a perfect means of identifying abusers and preventing them from getting in to the Pagan community, we would be able to fix this problem. If only we could eject abusers from the community once and for all when they were discovered to be abusers, they think. [Read more…]

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“Good” people do bad things: statement on the Frosts

This is why we need the Pagan and Heathen Symposium Code of Conduct for all events. This is why we need to discuss consent culture and strive to create it in our Pagan communities. This is why “big name Pagans” need to speak out and condemn those who advocate for or commit abuse, and refuse to invite them to events, or attend events where they will be speaking. [Read more…]

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PAGAN CONSENT CULTURE Anthology Is Available!

How might a Druid understand consent? How about a Wiccan, a Thelemite, a Heathen, or a Polytheist? In PAGAN CONSENT CULTURE, Pagans of many traditions show how to ground good consent practices in Pagan stories, liturgies, and values. [Read more…]

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Creating a consent culture

Consent culture is the view that everyone has the right to enjoyable sex, which they have enthusiastically consented to, in full possession of the facts (STD status of sexual partner, relationship status of partner, likelihood of commitment). And that everyone has the right to say no to sex. Consent culture is sex-positive, sets boundaries, and promotes clear and shame-free communication about sex. [Read more…]

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Paganism for Beginners: Controversies

Over recent years, there have been a number of controversies among Pagans which probably left a lot of newcomers to Paganism a bit baffled, especially when the terminology got a bit arcane. I think these controversies are interesting and illuminating because they raise important questions of who we are, how we relate to each other as a community and individually, what we hold sacred, and how we relate to deities and the world around us. [Read more…]

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Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games

What is consent culture, and how do we build it? Here are some basic practices that Pagans can use for teaching consent culture to both children and adults. [Read more…]

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Erotic Ethics and Pagan Consent Culture

In times of crisis, we often focus on what we DON’T want. But if we are to create a healthy consent culture, our vision of our erotic ethics must be framed in positive terms. What does a Pagan consent culture look like? [Read more…]

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