I just want to state how much I really love that Elise and Natasha have talked about consent in both the Diva Magazine and in the Touch My Body challenge video.
What I appreciate about them doing this is that it helps to promote the message that consent is always important (and mandatory) to get regardless of your relationship with that person (professional or not).
During the challenge video they took the time to look each other in the eye and make sure to get and/or give consent to the other person that they were allowed to touch their body before beginning the challenge. What I love so much about seeing Elise and Natasha do this is that it shows how even though they have a close relationship and are comfortable with each other, they still ask for consent when touching the other person all over their body. That’s such an important message to promote because I feel like some people assume that if they know the person then that automatically “gives them permission” to be able to touch that person’s body which is not true at all. Everyone has boundaries and being familiar with someone doesn’t give you the right to their body.
They also did a great job in showing consent in a professional setting as well (which is extremely important to promote right now) with how they discussed how before they started filming (and also right before scenes) they made sure to check in with one another and make sure to know what the other person was comfortable with. It shows that even though they are co-stars who knew that they would have to film a sex scene for their job as actors, they still needed to get consent from their scene partner on what the other was comfortable in doing. Having a sex scene in a film doesn’t negate someone’s right to give consent on what they’re comfortable with nor does it give someone a “free pass” to that person’s body.
I also think them checking in before scenes was also a great way to show that even if you get consent from someone that person has the right to either take it away or put up limitations if they choose to. Just because you gain consent from someone one day doesn’t mean they can’t change what their boundaries are the next day.
Anyway, I just thought this was a very important thing to highlight and I’m just very thankful to them for doing this.