Since the publication of this article, the federal government has removed the two consent videos associated with its $3.7m “Respect Matters” campaign after widespread criticism.
This week the federal government pulled off an impressive feat.
They released an entire video about sexual consent aimed to educate teenagers, without using the word sex at all.
There was no mention of the word consent either. Or assault. Or rape.
In fact, the seven-minute 'Moving the Line' educational video made the topic of sexual consent so confusing and condescending I, as a 30-year-old woman, feel more confused than informed having watched it.
Watch a snippet here. Post continues after video.
There were milkshakes, 'action zones' and a very confused analogy. Delve into the rest of the $3.7 million campaign and it doesn't get much better. There's just more cutesy and bizarre metaphors involving tacos and 'going for a swim,' all set in a 1960s style dystopia.
Not only that, the material includes problematic examples like the perpetrator being offered support over the victim. And lines like, "sometimes our sexual desires are so strong, they completely distort our view of the other person."
But this is a government who has been making headlines for months for alleged sexual harassment and assault. We've heard stories about rape, a man ejaculating onto a female colleague's desk, sex-act meet-ups in the Parliament House prayer room and a systemic cultural problem with women. And while there's been some inquiries launched to look into and hopefully reform the above, we've also watched ministers and employees and our own prime minister deny, push aside, cover up and ignore.