As the conversation about what constitutes sexual consent in the age of #MeToo continues, some have proposed a technological solution.
Yes, there is indeed an app for that.
LegalFling is one recent example, beta launched today, which creates a live contract in which users can affirmatively consent to sex, adjust their boundaries (condoms? bondage?) and update their preferences as the encounter continues.
Some legal experts say that this digital record could be used in court to signify someone’s intent, in the same way that texts can be incorporated into a case. But what happens if the app is used abusively?
Then there’s the variability of human emotion and consent. Does the app make it more difficult and awkward for one partner to change their mind? Is this a misguided attempt at addressing consent?
Michelle Drouin, expert on technology, relationships and sexuality; professor of psychology at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne