What can HCI learn from sexual consent? a feminist process of embodied consent for interactions with emerging technologies

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Sexual consent has undergone a transformation toward an enthusiastic feminist model that emphasizes consent as an ongoing and voluntary process of negotiation and afrmation. This paper considers how such a model can advance understandings of consent in HCI research and design in relation to embodied interactions with emerging technologies that also occur outside of sexual interactions. We apply the popular FRIES model of sexual consent (Freely given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic and Specifc) to three areas of embodied interaction: 1) bodily-play interactions, 2) persuasive interactions with smart technologies, and 3) intimate interactions with anthropomorphized devices. Based on erotic play practices, we contribute a TEASE process guideline (Trafc lights, Establish ongoing dialogue, Aftercare, Safewords, and Explicate soft/hard limits) to advance consensual practice in HCI and develop implementation scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsPernille Bjørn, Steven Drucker
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380966
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021 - Online, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021
Conference number: 39th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/book/10.1145/3411763 (Proceedings)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3411764 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
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  • Consent
  • Embodied interactions
  • Feminist hci

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