Parents should ask their babies for permission before changing nappies, expert claims


One sexuality expert in Australia illustrated the absurdity of the overemphasis on consent by suggesting that a parent should seek his or her baby's consent before changing their diaper (called a "nappy" in Australia). It's based on her work with children aged three and up and parents with newborn babies. She spoke about creating a culture of consent in homes from the.

Deanne Carson of Body Safe Australia spoke to Australian news network ABC on teaching your child about consent.

To do this Deanne suggests parents say: 'I'm going to change your nappy now, is that okay?', before changing their child's nappy.

Of course, most experts vehemently disagree.

In other words, a you-know-what storm.

Deanne Carson is a sexuality educator, author and speaker.

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Carson is trying to make the case for a "culture of consent" in households from day one. You've got to be kidding me. Whether that is changing their nappies, feeding them or putting them to sleep, there are some things that just have to be done despite the child's reaction.

Another mother, Karen Ridout, said: "Yeah nah I'm torn, I think consent is important, I do, obviously they are too young to give you verbal consent. Esp as toddlers and babies.", said another. One in twelve girls will be sexually abused before their sixth birthday.

"Most child care workers will tell you that it is standard practice to talk with a child and let them know that you are going to change their nappy-even a newborn infant".

In response to the criticism Deanne posted some sexual assault statistics in children and said that the "trolls" were "negating the voices" of courageous sexual abuse survivors.

"When we know child sexual abuse is so widespread, it's hard to understand why simple, respectful practices like this, aimed at reducing and preventing future harm to children, would be so ridiculed", she added.