Valentine’s Day is a time for people to celebrate love. Indeed, love comes in many forms, but for high school and college age students, love is often confused (or used) to obtain sex. This could have disastrous results for people who misinterpret a person’s intentions. Besides the heartbreak that can come from advances or feelings not being reciprocated, criminal charges can come about for those who take things too far.
That’s why the question of consent is just as important during this time of year as getting that perfect card or gift for someone you want to hookup with. With that, this post will share a few helpful tips so that you can avoid making critical mistakes on Valentine’s Day.
State your intentions – What may be obvious to you may not be to the person you’re with. So while it may sometimes be smooth or romantic to “go for it” when it comes to initiating sex or other physical contact, asking permission may be helpful.
Be patient – Arousal does not have one speed. People become ready for intimacy at different times and through different triggers. So if a person is not ready when you are, waiting can beneficial in more ways than one.
Read body language – Part of falling in love is being perceptive. So reading a person’s body language can give you the signals that can lead you down the right path. For instance, if a person has their arms or legs crossed, or if they don’t want to make eye contact, chances are they are trying to send you some important information that they don’t have the courage to vocalize.
The preceding is not legal advice.