16 – Obtainment of Consent and Flirting Knowledge in RPGs

Consent has become the central focus of many sexuality education curriculums, and lacking consent awareness is at the heart of many sexual mistakes, especially for young men and even more so for young men with Autism and/or ADHD. Furthermore, for persons who are nervous about flirting, or who simply don’t know how to go about engaging in such fine-tuned social interactions, the idea of flirting can be overwhelming, and many persons either avoid it altogether or accidentally engage in behavior that is more harassing than flirting. The use of RPGs as a method for teaching consent awareness and respect, as well as for learning and practicing the art of flirting, is something that holds great potential. This presentation is geared toward the development of these skills within RPG worlds and how one can facilitate this through methodical game play.

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