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Consent Laid Bare

Consent Laid Bare

Sex, Entitlement & the Distortion of Desire

By Chanel Contos

Paperback | ISBN 9781760988128

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The game-changing book about sex and consent that every woman - and man - should read

In 2021, Chanel Contos posted on Instagram asking people to share their stories of sexual assault during their schooling years. This post unexpectedly went viral and almost 7000 people sent in testimonies describing behaviour that constitutes rape. Virtually none of these instances were reported, and almost all of them were by people they knew.

How and why is this happening in an era of growing equality? Chanel Contos argues that when it comes to sex, we are still working with an outdated social contract that privileges men's pleasure at the expense of women's humanity.

Consent Laid Bare challenges the lingering inequality that reinforces this behaviour. It asks if consent is possible in a world where female sexuality has been hijacked by forces such as porn, patriarchy and male entitlement. It gives girls and women the encouragement to seek sex that is truly enjoyable and equips them with the information they need to properly consent. It asks boys and men to become advocates for sex centered around intimacy rather than fuelled by aggression.

It is a battle cry from a generation no longer prepared to stay silent.

Praise for Consent Laid Bare

'Chanel's purpose is singular: to end rape culture. In this overdue and urgent book, Chanel (rightly! perfectly!) asserts that intimacy grounded in empathy and ethics is the answer. Essential reading for teens.' ZOE FOSTER BLAKE

'I am in awe of Chanel. This book has the power to change the world. An absolute must-read for every young man.' HUGH VAN CUYLENBURG, author of The Resilience Project and co-creator of The Imperfects podcast

'Chanel Contos is a voice for her generation - and she is sounding the alarm on a rape culture that has become more entrenched and severe in her lifetime.' JESS HILL, author of See What You Made Me Do

'This is a message about rape culture that the world needs to hear. Contos is one of the most powerful voices of Australia's younger generation - this book shows why.' YASMIN POOLE, youth advocate and public speaker

'Sexual violence is preventable, and Consent Laid Bare shows us how. Cultural change will come from education and the conversations this book will inspire. A must-read.' SENATOR LARISSA WATERS, The Greens

'Raw and incisive, Chanel Contos tells it like it is. This is the story of thousands of young people, victims, survivors
and perpetrators, told with empathy, intelligence and courage.' DR MELISSA KANG, co-author of Welcome to Sex and Welcome to Consent

'While I would hate anything awful to happen to my granddaughter, my greatest fear is that my open-hearted grandsons will grow up in a society that does everything it can to make them the worst versions of themselves. That's why this clear and concise book about consent is so important. Not just for your daughter's future, but for your son's.' JANE CARO, author, columnist and social commentator

'Consent Laid Bare is a heartfelt call for social change, begging us to consider how a lack of consent education has failed young people for generations, and teaching us how to change that.' GRACE FORREST, activist

'If there was a weapon of mass destruction for rape culture, it would be this book.' HOLLY RANKIN (aka JACK RIVER), musician


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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760988128
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Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Number of pages: 368
Width (mm): 155
Height (mm): 215
Depth (mm): 32

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Sveinbjörg Bjarnadóttir
a must read!

insightful and clever a must read for everyone