- No touching people or personal property without permission.
- Treat everyone as an equal by default. Everyone has responsibility to obtain, provide, or withhold consent regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, age, orientation, relationship status, sexual power dynamics, or any other identity.
- Negotiate the scope of your interaction/scene prior to the activities. Before the interaction/scene begins, it must be clear that
the each person has given consent to the proposed acts and scope of the interaction/scene.
- Each participant is responsible to make sure everyone involved has the mental and emotional ability to give informed and voluntary consent during their negotiation for the interaction/scene.
- Anyone can withdraw consent, make a nonverbal safesign or use the universal safeword “red” at any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the activity must stop immediately. Partners need to agree on what safewords or safesigns are being used to prevent consent violations before play starts. Unless explicitly negotiated, “no” or “stop” are to be absolutely respected and followed.
- The top is legally responsible for stopping the activities at any suggestion that the bottom has withdrawn consent. The bottom is ethically responsible for being clear and unequivocal when withdrawing consent.
- Depending on all participants’ state of mind, we recommend that you don’t renegotiate in the middle of your interaction/scene. When a person is in the heat of the moment or otherwise not in a clear state of mind, you may not have informed consent even though they agree at that moment.
- If your consent is violated or you have a concern, verbally tell a play monitor or staff member as soon as possible. Violation of the consent policy may result in expulsion from the event or group. No one is exempt from the rules.
- Disclaimer: Every reasonable effort will be made to enforce this policy, but this organization makes no representations or guarantees about its ability to do so, and all participants/attendees retain full, sole responsibility for their safety and the safety of others with whom they interact.
Right of Refusal
The Body Shop can refuse attendance or membership to anyone for any reason or no reason, and ban anyone for any behavior that violates the consent policy established by the venue.
- The membership application and/or entry form that we use states that we reserve the right to refuse anyone’s membership for any reason.
- For liability reasons, The Body Shop won’t give a reason why someone is refused membership. The only thing The Body Shop will say is, “We’re sorry, but you can’t attend events at our venue.”