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How to ace sex: Why enthusiastic consent doesn’t cut it

Asexuality and interactions between other sexual minorities challenge the model of enthusiastic consent, the idea that a certain set of verbal, emotional, and physical cues are needed before consent is truly received. Enthusiastic consent is a theoretical ideal on paper, but a nightmare in real-life intimacy. Worse, the inability of the enthusiastic consent model to move beyond guesswork, cues, and assumptions plays right into normative–straight, white, cisgender, middle-class– ideas about society.