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)

TFUS_Signs6History of the 11th Principle: Consent!

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, 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.

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.