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New apps formalize sexual consent

In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, young people have more concerns over sexual consent than ever. New apps aim to quell some of those concerns by recording consent from each party before they engage in intimate activity. While critics contend that such tech is contributing to The Sexual Mehvolution, proponents attest that it's helping create a more progressive society for modern men and women.

LEGALFLING

Blockchain technology is becoming ever more widespread, and LegalFling uses it in its sexual consent app. The app requires the involved parties to list their clearcut dos and don’ts prior to engaging in intimate activities, such as use of condoms or the ability to take explicit photos. Participating members can feel secure signing with the app’s private blockchain technology, and if any breach of contract occurs, the previously agreed upon terms are available for use by the proper authorities. A “request to fling” can be sent via the app, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and text message to one or more intended partners.

WE-CONSENT

Young people are hanging out via video chat more often nowadays, and We-Consent uses their familiarity with the platform to help secure their consent for sexual activity. Before engaging in an intimate encounter, each involved party has to record a video of themselves stating their name and their partner’s name, then send it to that partner to do the same. If either party wishes to withdraw their consent during the engagement, they must also do so via video to complete the process, which does present a roadblock in potentially sensitive situations.

SASIE

SaSie, an acronym for safe and secure intimate encounters, is a sexual consent app intended specifically for students in an attempt to make sexual activity on college and university campuses safer. The app follows Title IX affirmative consent legislation regarding sexual assault as well as additional criteria required by the office of civil rights for colleges receiving federal funding. SaSie hopes that, should an incident occur, students who are uncomfortable with the idea of going through their school administration will feel more free to contact authorities using the app.