Spring Up With Us with Our #CultivateConsent Zine
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The Zine Story
Over the years, we’ve traversed the country from coast to coast holding space to facilitate workshops, trainings, survivor healing circles, organizational culture shifts, among many other things, for those in communities seeking space to heal from trauma, address harm, and respond to/prevent gender based violence.
Time and time again, we’ve put love and intentional labor into creating tangible tools and interactive activities for different audiences to meet their needs, often universally rooted in vision to be in healthier relationships with one another; relationships rooted in open communication, ongoing consent and feedback, ability to voice desire, and respect for individual boundaries and self autonomy.
With movements to end sexual violence and rape culture on the rise, especially #MeToo which has sparked transformative conversations online, we felt it was time to translate the tools and resources we’ve gathered into a widely accessible digital workbook for all to use.
What The Zine has to offer
The zine is complete with key learnings/tools we determined over a period of time as most transformational for our participants in our trainings, workshops, and fellowships, including our consent toolkit with information to analyze power dynamics and coercion, practice open and ongoing communication, and utilize trauma-informed survivor response strategies in our relationships. Included in different sections of the zine are tools to:
Identify your internal boundaries, desires, and needs with boundary mapping and vent diagrams.
Lay out and identify your support systems to enhance self and community resiliency.
Identify and honor your self-care and healing practices.
Identify and practice non verbal forms of communication, as well as understand important signs of dissociation.
Practice different ways of asking and answering questions, especially as it relates to our varied communication styles.
Address harm and violence through a harm reduction framework.
Explore how you relate to gender based violence with historical context and background.
We strive to create the resources our younger, current, and future selves need to navigate the world in a way that feels safe and empowering.
Order a pack of zines for you and your friends, colleagues, or students. We choose to sell in sets of five because we want communities to skill up together. If you just want one copy, we will send you one if you subscribe as a $5 or higher patron at patreon.com/cultivateconsent
Check out our #ConsentAnd Podcast:
MILLENNIAL SEX EDUCATION
A few years ago, we took a full year off to write our first 2 books: Millennial Sex and Millennial Sex Education, acknowledging the widespread lack of access to comprehensive sex ed for young teens and adults.
From birth through to adulthood, many of navigate the world with false, often always harmful/violent, perceptions of what healthy sexual relationships look like. Identifying this as one of the main causes of gender based violence, especially sexual violence, we came up with sex-positive solutions that wouldn’t merely demonize the scripts of our culture, but instead would inspire people to new, liberating possibilities of sexual engagement.
We decided to write the sex-ed curriculum we wished we’d had; the stories, the scripts, and scenarios that would have helped us engage in the sexual culture with more knowledge and maturity ourselves.
The difference between the two
The white cover version is appropriate for ages 16+ and is intended to be an educational resource for individuals, couples, families, and communities. It contains interactive, reflection questions at the end of each chapter. We cover themes of consent, trust, fetishization, trauma, intimacy, and respect.
The black cover version is written for more adult audiences and contains more explicit descriptions and narratives. It doesn’t come with reflection questions at the end of each chapter.