Consent: The First Step

Words by: Zayan Ismail
Art by: Brooke Stevens


CW: May contain reference to sexual acts and descriptions of rape and/or sexual violence. 

Sex is an age old concept that has been constrained, regulated and tabooed.  But what remains consistent — whether you’re engaging in cunnilingus, anal or a hand job — is that consentis absolutely necessary and without it, sex is actually assault or rape making it completely punishable by law. 

Consent: The First Step

First Times: Learning on the Job

Words by Ruby Ellam
Art by Madison Marshall 

I have always been an impulsive person. I don’t do much, but what I do, I do hard and fast. The first time I went to a party, I siphoned vodka off other people without giving away that I had drunk any at all. The first time I went clubbing, I smoked an entire pack of cigarettes until 5am then went to work at 8am. So, while I was a sexually anxious twenty-year old with barely any experience past kissing, I had always expected that once I started having sex, I’d really start.  

First Times: Learning on the Job