Consent vs Enthusiastic Consent

I’ve been reading a lot about the differences between consent and enthusiastic content recently (most notably, here and here) and find it’s coming up in conversation a lot more.

Basically, the idea is that before proceeding with any sexual activity, all parties involved should be enthusiastic participants. This goes beyond getting a reluctant partner to agree to sex or just not say no, it means making sure everything involved is interested and excited for whatever is to follow.

I’m not sure I can say it better than the links above, but our interactions with people help define us and I’m sure most of us would rather be the type of person who engages in any sexual activity with enthusiastic, willing participants than someone whom we had to persuade.