“Yes” is not enough to give consent

Scientific evidence platform Scientific evidence “Yes” is not enough to give consent

Scientific evidence.

Flecha, R., Tomás, G., & Vidu, A. (2020). Contributions from psychology to effective use and achievement of sexual consents. Frontiers in Psychology. https://10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00092

Flecha, R., & Soler, M. (2010). From Austin’s speech acts to communicative acts. Perspectives from Searle, Habermas and CREA. Signos, 43(2), 363–375. doi: 10.4067/S0718-09342010000400007

Vidu, A., & Tomás Martínez, G. (2019). The Affirmative “Yes”. Sexual Offense Based on Consent. Masculinities and Social Change, 8(1), 91-112. doi: 10.17583/mcs.2019.3739


Any speech act is not enough, the whole communicative act should be dialogic for there to be consent. “Only yes is yes” does not take into account that “yes” might be said under institutional or interactive power.

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