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Farm Fresh – Consent

Farm Fresh isn’t your average romance. First off, it’s set on a commune where free love is more prevalent than committments. Second, every house on Kaleidoscope Garden’s sets up their own rules, and at the yellow house, where Leo, Hudson, and Charlie have lived, it was sex without strings. They all loved each other, but there wasn’t romance. When Jude, a fresh-faced innocent, moves into the yellow house, he shifts the sexual dynamic incredibly. Hudson feels things he’s never felt for anyone before. Jude mixes him up inside. And while Hudson is trying to make sense of this, Jude is discovering who he is as a sexual person. After living…

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Consent in Romance – Lane Swift

  Today, Lane Swift is here to share an excerpt from her book Dormant Heart that shows a great example of #ConsentInRomance. Beautiful. Thanks, Lane. I wanted to make him fall apart. I wanted him to feel with every ounce of my being that he never, ever had to apologize for who he was, or shy away from asking for what he wanted. I wanted us to do everything, everything his heart desired. (My lack of the necessary accoutrements notwithstanding.) Josh arched into my grip as the flush on his face grew darker and his eyelids fluttered closed. Perhaps it was too soon for us to be doing this. We’d only known…

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This is Consent

As a survivor of rape and sexual assault, the last several weeks have been difficult, and listening to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday brought back painfully familiar experiences. Each of my abusers disguised their assault and rape as horseplay, and they each laughed while they stole my dignity. My consent was never given. I said no, stop, get off. Yet they didn’t, and instead, they treated it as a game. Then I actually watched an interview with a women who had teen daughters standing beside her. She said it was normal for a boy to grope a girl. That made me livid. I feel like I have…

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