Woman Makes Weird Claim That Babies Should Give Consent Before You Change Their Nappy
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A woman has come under fire from ABC viewers after claiming that babies should give consent before you're able to change their nappy. Not kidding - look:
In the clip, we meet Deanne Carson - whose Twitter bio bills her as a 'sexuality educator, speaker and author' at Body Safety Australia.
Speaking to ABC, Carson talks about the importance of establishing a 'culture of consent' in homes, which she believes should start at birth... including, above all else, nappy-changing.
Suggesting what parents should tell babies, she gave the example of: "'I'm going to change your nappy now, is that okay?'
"Of course the baby is not going to respond, 'Yes mum, that's awesome. I'd love to have my nappy changed'.
"But if you leave a space, and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you're letting that child know that their response matters."
People were left feeling pretty confused, shocked and annoyed by her comments, with one writing on Twitter: "If parents are getting advice from this woman about raising a baby then the baby should be removed from parents care."
Another wrote: "What in the hell is WRONG with these people?"
Someone else said: "Must admit I was watching the whole interview open mouthed and shaking my head when it was broadcast, and couldn't believe the interviewer wasn't remotely questioning some of the nonsense this lady was coming out with."
ABC RN had me in the studio this evening to talk all things consent. The take away? Don't just tell me how we need to empower girls, tell me how to ensure boys understand that consent is something ongoing, mutual and totally sexy when done right.
- Deanne Carson (@DeanneCarson) May 8, 2018
The website for Body Safety Australia - where Carson works - states: "We work to ensure that communities work together to create a safer world (online and offline).
"In empowering children with their rights, while educating families and professionals, the burden of responsibility is placed squarely on adults to protect children."
Sky News commentator Rowan Dean heard about Carson's comments and was not happy, slamming the segment as 'lefty lunacy' on air.
"Here we go, Ross," Dean says to his co-presenter.
But he seemed pretty lost for words by the segment, adding: "A consent for changing nappies - I think that might get a bit, uh... Anyway, I won't go there."