Thank You for Asking

Young people are radically changing how we think about violence, consent
and gender. Antioch College is where much of the conversation started.

.. When Alyssa Navarrette, a third-year student who is studying anthropology and art, came home for her first visit after starting college, she was taken by surprise when her mother hugged her.

.. “If you don’t want to be touched and your mom wants to hug you, you should be allowed to say no,” Ms. Navarrette said. “It’s about having autonomy over your own body.”

.. People introduce themselves with their preferred pronouns (“I’m Katie and I use ‘they/them/their’”).

.. In a lot of ways, Antioch College exists in a bubble. With a current enrollment of 135 students

.. it guaranteed free tuition to its first four enrolling classes.

.. He attended several sessions at orientation devoted to the policy, including one led by Planned Parenthood educators, another about the history of sexual relations.

..  “silence conveys a lack of affirmative consent.”

..  the school and the women who created the policy were portrayed as endemic of a politically correct culture run amok that was trying to desexualize sex.

.. it became the subject of a lot of media attention, including a blistering skit on “Saturday Night Live” in 1993 starring Shannen Doherty (“major in Victimization Studies”)

.. programming has included screenings of ethical pornography

.. The college’s administration sees this all as a big selling point for the school.

.. “There’s an idea that it has to be very unromantic and very contractual and that’s not true at all,”

.. “You can learn to ask in ways that are sexy and romantic and say, ‘Is this O.K.? You want to continue to do this? Can I touch you there?’ These are all thing that can enhance the experience instead of killing the buzz.”

.. “The challenge was, ‘How do you get consent in a situation where everyone is so nervous?’”

.. She thought the policy was too based in political correctness. “I was an eye roller,” she said.

.. “I have very little patience with the notion that something like this isn’t needed,”

.. “I’m also looking for it to help people get justice or get acknowledgments at least for microaggression,”