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Chanel Contos: Consent Laid Bare

‘I think we’re all allowed to have desires; we’re just not allowed to act on them every time. Like, I guess that’s the fundamental part of sexual assault, right? It’s entitlement to another person’s body. It’s feeling as though your desire is worth more than their experience, whether they want it or not’Chanel Contos.

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Chanel Contos has led a powerful movement to include consent education in the national curriculum, and was recently appointed by Julia Gillard to chair the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership’s Youth Advisory Committee.

Her debut book, Consent Laid Bare: Sex, Entitlement & the Distortion of Desire, is a battle cry from a generation no longer prepared to stay silent. In it, Contos explores the political, legislative and cultural changes required to combat Australia’s culture of misogyny and normalisation of sexual violence, and outlines steps to achieve true gender equality. Consent Laid Bare advocates for intimacy, consent and enjoyment to be centred in all sexual relationships.

At this exclusive Melbourne event hosted by Madison Griffiths, Contos discussed the vital role of consent amidst a culture influenced by porn, the patriarchy and male entitlement.



This event was recorded on Tuesday 5th March 2024 at The Wheeler Centre.

It was presented in partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust.

The official bookseller was Readings.

Featured music is ‘Different Days’ by Chill Cole.



Content note:

This event includes references to sexual abuse and assault. If you need support relating to these topics, you can learn more and seek advice via the below resources.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36

Headspace: 1800 650 890

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292

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