Editor's Note: This article has been updated on November 27, 2018 in light of the news that a court in Ireland used a 17-year-old girl's thong as evidence of consent. This led to the acquittal of a 27-year-old man charged of rape.
In Ireland, a 27-year-old man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old girl, an event that sparked protests around the world because of the way his case was defended. For her final address, defense lawyer Elizabeth O’Connell asked the jurors to take into account what the victim wore during the incident—a lacy thong. In a report by The Irish Examiner, she said, “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front."
Consent can be revoked at any time. Sex without consent is rape.
The lawyer clearly used the thong as evidence of consent, and soon, people expressed their outrage over the court's verdict by posting their underwear on Twitter and using the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent. One of the women who spearheaded it was Susan Dillon, who started a Twitter account called "I Believe Her":
While affirmative consent shouldn't be a hard concept to grasp, there are still people out there who either don't understand it, or pretend not to. Just to review: Consent can be revoked at any time. Sex without consent is rape.
But just in case you were somehow still curious, here are social media posts that perfectly nail how consent works:
Here's consent explained in the simplest way:
Fact: Rapists rape people, not outfits.
Also: The primary cause of rape are rapists.
This point that shuts down the myth of "Hard to Get."
C'mon guys, a little common sense?
This genius analogy about $5 (around P250).
This proof that dogs are better than some men.
Here's another good point about dogs.
Consent is not subject to interpretation.
There isn't any other meaning, really.
This tweet about why it's important for kids to know they're not entitled to anyone's time or space.
This realization that if Austin Powers could understand consent, you can too.
This point explaining why it's a systemic problem.
Let's teach men NOT to rape.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.