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Despite its obvious importance, sexual consent remains a remarkably underresearched and undertheorized topic. Sexual consent has important implications in the areas of sexual violence and the law; sex education and sex advice; and LGBTQ studies, particularly in relation to drugs and sex, BDSM (bondage, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism), kink/leather, and debates around age of consent for various sexual practices and identities.

Reviews of the literature find a notable absence of studies and articles relating specifically to the topic of sexual consent: specifically, only 1% to 2% of the number of those relating to rape or sexual assault. Similarly, analyses of mainstream sex advice books, articles, and websites find that the topic of consent is rarely, if ever, mentioned, despite its pivotal role in ensuring that sex is not ...

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