Self-professed “sexuality educator, speaker and author” Deanne Carson is on the front lines of combating the so-called “rape culture,” working to replace it with a “culture of consent” beginning at birth.
Carson appeared with florescent pink hair on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) in Melbourne, Australia this week to discuss consent laws and advocate for parents to broach the subject with their children well before they’re able to understand the concept.
“Sexuality expert” says babies should give consent to diaper/nappy changes. OMG I AM DEAD 😂 pic.twitter.com/lte31ex0PI
— Raheem (@RaheemKassam) May 10, 2018
“How young is some of the children you talk to?” the host questioned.
“We work from children from three years old, and we work with parents from birth,” Carson said.
“From birth?!” the host questioned.
“Yeah, yup,” Carson said. “Just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes.”
Carson, who describes herself on Twitter as “a leading Australian sexuality educator, researcher, speaker, author and ultimate keeper of a straight face when dispelling children’s misconceptions about bodies and baby making,” contends it’s important for parents to ask consent to remove their baby’s diaper, or nappy as they’re called down under.
“’I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?’ Of course the baby is not going to respond ‘yes mum, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed,’” she said.
“But if you leave space, and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you’re letting that child know that their response matters,” Carson said.
Several folks posted clips of the segment on social media, where viewers mocked Carson relentlessly for the “leftist lunacy.”
The lunacy of the Left reminds me of the outrageous Islamic Fatwas issued every now and then. They want you to seek permission from your newborn before changing their nappy. The next thing they’ll want you to do is ask your foot for permission before inserting it into your shoe. https://t.co/JrioZDi4Mg
— Imam Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) May 10, 2018
“The lunacy of the Left reminds me of the outrageous Islamic Fatwas issued every now and then,” Imam Tawhidi posted to Twitter. “They want you to seek permission from your newborn before changing their nappy. The next thing they’ll want you to do is ask your foot for permission before inserting it into your shoe.”
— Vetrissimo (@vetrissimo) May 10, 2018
“You couldn’t make this stuff up,” Vetrissimo added. “Nobody would believe you!”
The left has become a form of mental illness. This is more than depravity.
— Adenike (@NikeOrimoloye) May 10, 2018
“The left has become a form of mental illness,” Adenike wrote. “This is more than depravity.”
Kirralie Smith, a former Senate candidate for the Australian Liberty Party, weighed in on Facebook, pointing out that ABC is government funded.
“This goes way beyond lunacy! This is neglect and child abuse!” Smith posted. “Many children never want you to change their nappy. Asking them for consent is a serious indication of severe mental problems. Nappies must be changed to prevent serious skin damage and pain for the child. What is worse is the fact that the ABC actually spent our tax dollars on this moronic opinion.”
Others took pot shots at Carson’s unique hairstyle.
Every. Single. Time.
— MaidInEngland 🌹 (@1MaidInEngland) May 10, 2018
“Pink hair. Every. Single. Time,” MainInEngland posted to Twitter.
I’d be looking into pink hair dye being the cause of brain damage, not whether babies need to give consent for nappy changes.
— Jamie Barlow (@c0l0nelb0gey) May 10, 2018
“I’d be looking into pink hair dye being the cause of brain damage, not whether babies need to give consent for nappy changes,” Jamie Barlow added.
OMG…seriously??? This coming from a giant pink q-tip?
— bbb250 (@Bbarnett250) May 10, 2018
“OMG … seriously?” Twitter bbb250 wrote. “This coming from a giant pink q-tip?”
Carson apparently took offense to those calling out her comments online and issued a rebuke on her Facebook page.
I gave an interview the other day about teaching consent to young children. It was in response to the Four Corners episode featuring the incredibly courageous Saxon Mullins.
Sadly, some people have chosen to ridicule me (oh no! Pink hair! Must be a lesbian!) and the notion of giving infants bodily autonomy (poo in nappies har har amiright?!) .
For those people I’m posting this.
One in three girls, one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are eighteen years old. One in twelve girls will be sexually abused before their sixth birthday.
The work we do with children, teachers and parents is international best practice in abuse prevention. It teaches children their rights AND their responsibilities and connects them with people who care and can help. It invites their parents into the discussion and is sensitive to cultural and family values.
Troll me all you want, add to your blog inches, but remember that when you do, you are negating the voices of these brave survivors of sexual abuse.