Vision & History of the 11th Principle: Consent!

Vision Statement:

We value the transformative experience of sensual and consensual touch, play, and interaction. We believe that consent plays a vital part in our connectivity and community. Our vision is that all parties participate in a physical encounter from a place of enthusiasm and autonomy. Consent must be explicitly granted from an individual who is clearly in a state of mind to be able to grant it. (Originally Drafted March, 2013 | Present Version March, 2014)

Alternate version: Our community values the transformative experience of consensual touch, play, and interaction by hearing and honoring the informed consent (or lack thereof) of those we interact with. We believe that consent plays a vital part in our connectivity and community. Our vision is that all parties feel empowered to participate as they feel comfortable, by “opting in” from a place of enthusiasm and autonomy. (Originally Edited May, 2015)

History of the 11th Principle: Consent!

The Early Days

The 11th Principle: Consent! was founded in late 2012 to address the issue of non-consensual encounters at burns, specifically our home burn of Transformus in North Carolina.

In late 2012, after the widely publicized sexual assault issues at Burning Man that year, and other consent issues within the community, a group of Southeast burners began to talk about how to take responsibility for our community and the issues inside of it.

They identified several major aspects of consent to be addressed:

  • Sexual activities
  • Spankings, hugs, etc
  • Photography and “creep shots”
  • The gifting of substances (smelly oils, alcohol, etc)

With much support from the BOD, founding members PyroCelt, Beth Walker, Jaime Chandra, Ranger Cervix and others spearheaded a multifaceted effort for Transformus X in 2013. They received abundant support and feedback throughout the event and continue to approach the issue in a lighthearted yet respectful manner appropriate for the burn community.

Why a new initiative?

The 11th Principle differs from similar consent-oriented groups in our belief that one does not need to be 100% sober in order to consent. Rather, we know that this issue is full of gray areas and believe that there is a difference between having had a couple of drinks and being completely intoxicated. Our consent education efforts pinpoint several markers of intoxication that likely precludes one’s ability to consent.

At the forefront of our effort was an intention for people to think and talk about consent. Additionally, there was hope that our efforts would affect not only our immediate community of Transformus, but go beyond to burn culture and possibly even affect the global community.

All Grown Up…

In 2015, we were asked to present our efforts at the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference. The amazing Beth Walker compiled a thorough presentation of the 11th Principle’s efforts & Cervix made the journey to the GLC. We highly recommend you view the PDF: Summary of 11th: Principle Consent! Educational Materials and Efforts, prepared for Burning Man Global Leadership Conference 2015.

That same year, Jaime Chandra with the help of Lizifer VonFunshine, Ranger Cervix, Kayln TinTin, and Beth Walker, made this website to serve as a repository for our materials so that other burns and festivals could make use of them to create a consent education initiative without all the work that we put in. We wanted to make it easy for anyone who wanted to educate about consent.

Now we’re Blowing Up!

In 2016, Jaime Chandra implemented the inaugural Consent Crowdfund where $882.47 was raised from 47 total donors during the month of June. The money donated went to lots of swag and supplies for the Transformus team and there was a financial transparency document published. Since that crowdfund was so successful, we held a second one in 2017, which helped fund only Ignite since Transformus was cancelled. A total of $819.22 was donated by 35 total donors and there was a financial transparency document published. For the 2018 Crowdfund we teamed up with the amazing artist april h l to expand the design offerings. Technically as of writing this the crowdfund is still going on and is nearing $3,000 in donations from nearly 100 donors and organizations. For some silly reason we never thought to offer bulk ordering to other burns, camps, or orgs & that offering has allowed us to infinitely expand our impact. Stay turned for what the 11th Principle: Consent! does next, because it is going to be BIG!!!

 

Have questions, comments, requests, or want to donate $$ for fliers and swag, send us an email! 11th.principle.consent -@- gmail.com