What do tickling, swimming lessons, haircuts, and medical treatments have to do with consent? Well, more than milkshakes, apparently.
When she started writing her latest book, Welcome to Consent, Yumi Stynes had no idea that she’d be releasing it the midst of a national conversation about sexual assault. But, she says, this conversation has “always been urgent”. It’s just that now, finally, we’re actually talking about it.
For the Millenials listening, you’ll remember Yumi as the host of Channel V, starting back in 2000. She’s since forged an incredible and varied career as a TV and radio host, podcaster, and cookbook author. And you’ll probably know her co-author, Dr Melissa Kang, by her very famous pseudonym: Dolly Doctor. The two have paired up to write this incredible guide for children and their parents, about how to talk about consent.
As adults, we have a hard enough time saying no – so how can expect our kids to do it? And does a culture of ‘niceness’ make it even harder for them to advocate for themselves? In this episode we ask Yumi all of this and more. She tells us why her family have a safe word, why people pleasing is dangerous, and why it’s so important to get in there with the conversations before the puberty hormones kick in. And given she has her own podcast titled ‘Ladies, We Need to Talk’, we’re doing just that. Let’s talk…