noun

mass noun
  • Explicit, informed, and voluntary agreement to participate in a sexual act.

    ‘both parties must give affirmative consent before sex’
    • ‘The University at Albany junior had never even heard of affirmative consent, the unequivocal OK to sex that is mandated by state law.’
    • ‘An estimated 1,400 institutions of higher education now use some type of affirmative consent definition in their sexual assault policies.’
    • ‘Replacing the old rules of "no means no" is a new norm of "yes means yes"—otherwise known as affirmative consent.’
    • ‘Among states that have introduced bills on affirmative consent are New Jersey, New Hampshire and Connecticut.’
    • ‘Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.’