PSA from your Radical Five founders! Yes means Yes!
Consent is very much a part of our culture at YxYY. Creating a safe space is a top priority for us.
We do not hesitate to eject people from our event who have sexually harassed others. Often those engaging in the harassment at previous events were under the influence or were seemingly unaware of their inappropriate behaviors. Please know up front that intoxication nor lack of awareness is not an excuse in our book, and you can help yourself out ahead of time by familiarizing yourself with the laws in California.
And remember, asking before you engage with someone physically doesn't have to be awkward. It can actually be pretty freakin' hot! ;)
Similarly, if you think someone is attractive, be aware that the primary impetus for our gathering is stimulating conversation. Making advances during a session is unlikely to be a desired behavior, so err on the side of caution. People walk around in swimsuits because it is hot, not because they are desiring your advances. Don't make assumptions and ask, ask, ask!
And as discussed last year, we can be a bit of a hug-y bunch, but not everyone desires every hug. A simple ask goes a long way to helping everyone feel safe & respected!
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