Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of the "Affirmed Consent" bill (or "Yes Means Yes" bill) Sunday means California colleges and universities will have to adopt new anti-sexual-assault policies that will change the standard for consent of sexual activity. In campus judicial hearings, the standard shifts from whether or not a person said “no” to whether both partners said “yes." Basically, students must give verbal or written consent to sex.
Now, there's an app that can help students put their consent on the record.
It's called Good2Go, and it "encourages sex partners to assess their mutual interest in sex and record their intoxication levels before getting busy," reports Slate. The app's promotional video also explains Good2Go seeks to reduce sexual assault, miscommunication and regretted activities.
Basically, prior to hooking up, a college student should launch the app and hand the phone over to his or her sexual partner. The partner will then answer the question, "Are We Good2Go?" The three answer choices are:
1. No thanks.
2. Yes, but...we need to talk.
3. I'm Good2Go.
If the partner happens to pick "No thanks," the phone owner will see a reminder on the screen that reads, "Remember! No means No! Only Yes means Yes BUT can be Changed to No at anytime!"
If the partner decides, "Yes, but...we need to talk," the two individuals will talk offline and discuss any issues the partner has about engaging in sexual activity. Afterwards, if he or she is Good2Go, they can obviously choose option three.
Now, if the partner presses "I'm Good2Go," he or she is asked to assess their sobriety level from "sober" to "pretty wasted." A partner who is "pretty wasted" cannot consent to sexual activity. But if he or she chooses an acceptable sobriety level, the partner can conset to sex and will have to confirm their identity by entering their cell phone number and password if they're Good2Go users (if they don't have an account, they will simply have to register).
Wow. Okay, sure--the app seems simple enough and could possibly prevent "sexual assault, miscommunication and regretted activities." But honestly, verbal communication seems much simpler...and less likely to kill the mood.
What do you think about the Good2Go app? Should college students download it?
[h/t LA Weekly]