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Here’s some fantastic news for your Friday: On Thursday, the California Senate unanimously approved a new bill that defines sexual consent as a firm “yes” rather than a lack of “no.”


This is a big win for anti-rape activists, many of whom have been touting the necessity of an “affirmative consent” standard for years. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has the next month to sign the bill into law. If he does, schools across the state would be required to define consent before engaging in sexual activity as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” or risk losing state financial aid funding.

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Childhood movies taught me the most important thing of all: parents aren’t always right and they don’t always know what’s best for you.

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Also, a variety of parents are capable of being wrong.

You’ve got flat-out abusive parents who see their kids as a resource or something to be controlled

You’ve got distant or parent figures (they don’t have to be your actual parents!) like North, who see great things in a kid but haven’t gotten close enough to them to really understand their feelings or how to help them realize their potential

You’ve got parents with big expectations who see a kid’s life as a series of milestones because accomplishing those things is how they feel their kid will do well in life,

You’ve got parents who love their kids, but don’t see themselves in them and don’t understand what their kid wants in life or how to relate.

Good parents and bad parents might not listen to their kids, who may be wrong about how to treat their kid or how their kid wants to (or even how they should best!) proceed in life.

Parenthood is an interpersonal relationship where the senior figure has most of the power, and that power also comes the responsibility to listen and understand that they have power over even an older kid, and to be aware of themselves and their own actions. Even pretty good parents may have to learn something to prevent stepping all over the agency of their kids.

(Source: dreamberks, via pinkmoos)