When it comes to sex, protection and consent are the most important elements to ensure all parties involved are having a good time. Here are some do’s and don’ts to make sure that happens.
DO be attentive to your partner. Do they appear hesitant or uncomfortable? DON’T push or pressure. DO ask them if they would rather stop or take things more slowly. DO make sure your partner is capable of making these choices. If they aren’t, DON’T go any further. DO you have protection? You SHOULD, at all times.* Consent is not constant. Even if your partner has consented, if they change their mind, DON’T keep going.
*Some people think carrying a condom/dental dam at all times is presumptuous. While you should never assume you’ll be going all the way—or anywhere—it’s ALWAYS best to be prepared. You never know.
Joelline was an Online Editor and the Copy Editor for Volume 146 of the Gazette. She was an Assistant Online Editor for Volume 145.