catching stickers and temporary tattoos that simply read, ‘Ask First’, reminding people to ask for permission before touching or engaging with another person.
The project originated at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, an annual BDSM event designed to celebrate alternative sexualities and community. Public sexuality is a huge part of what makes the Folsom Street Fair important. But all to often consent gets erased in sexualized environments, especially ones held publicly. With the intent of creating a safer space for all, Bay Area sex worker and sexual health educator, Maxine Holloway, founded this simple yet effective sticker project.
Last year we hosted the first Ask First booth at the Folsom Street Fair. We successfully distributed 10,000 stickers, 2000 temporary tattoos, and took over 1000 portraits in our 'Consent Photo Booth'. During the event and weeks after we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and appreciation from the community for making consent so visible.