Model Leomie Anderson took to her blog, Cracked China Cup, this weekend to pen an important essay about consent. After seeing seemingly endless headlines about leaked nudes, slut shaming, and sexual assault, the model decided it was time to speak out honestly about these issues and remind her young followers that they have the power to say “no” if and when they feel like it.
“With the uncontrollable rise of social media and the mixed messages young people are exposed to, more and more young girls are falling victim to being pressured to do things and having their most intimate moments shared on the internet,” Anderson wrote. She shared that, as a model, she takes her image and the consent surrounding it very seriously. She always speaks out if asked to do something she doesn’t feel comfortable with on set, and she said that growing up, she’d vocalize similar concerns to her agency (who would then take care of everything for her). “When you’re at school, you don’t have that,” she said. “You feel like you’re grown enough to deal with everything from experimenting with your makeup, to experimenting with boys. But the latter can be a lot trickier, with much more devastating effects.”
Anderson revealed that she knows several girls who did something they weren’t OK with because a partner asked them to. “It’s a decision that takes a second to agree to, but also a second to be shared with others who you haven’t given consent to,” she said. “Sometimes you believe you can trust someone with private images and videos, but you should ask yourself, ‘Why does he need this in his possession?’”
The model clarified that she didn’t want to tell her fans what to do. People are welcome to send images and consent to things as they please, she said, but she just wants them to make sure they’re doing it because they want to-not because someone is asking or pressuring them to. “I just want you to know that you do have the option to say NO,” she wrote. “Saying NO doesn’t make you scared or frigid. It makes you smart and mature. You never want someone to be able to hold something against you or expose you. So please, know that you don’t have to do anything that you aren’t fully comfortable with and that your NO means something.”
Read the full post on her blog.
The post Model Leomie Anderson Wants Girls To Know Consent Matters appeared first on SELF.