ask first

"I'm beyond impressed by this consent campaign - from its clear messaging to its simple and fun implementation via stickers and temporary tattoos shared by delightful people. And it's effective! What a beautiful gift to the Folsom Street Fair and our communities at large."

-Jiz Lee

 Ask First is a sticker campaign started in 2014 to create awareness about consent. The campaign consists of eye-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.

The project continues to move beyond Folsom. The Ask First campaign has spread to college campuses, Pride celebrations and BDSM events across the country. Stickers can be found all over the Bay area, up and down the California coast, as well as at events in New York City, Boston, Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia and more. Most of these connections were sparked by people seeing the Ask First project at the Folsom Street Fair.

 

“If people can understand the importance of consent in alternative and sexualized environments, this will assists our entire culture in understanding that there are no caveats when it comes to consent. Whether you are in your home, walking down the street, in a bar, or at a BDSM fair - consent must always be present. This campaign promotes consent and fights against sexualized violence everywhere.” - Holloway

 

The momentum is building and our community wants consent to be visible. This year Ask First plans to double our presence at the Folsom Street Fair by passing out 20,000 stickers to the 400,000 attendees. We are asking the public to advocate for consent by contributing to our Indiegogo campaign . Funds go directly to printing the stickers, which are the heart and soul of this project. Please stop by our booth at the Folsom Street Fair this year to pick up a sticker of your own.

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 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.  Ask First is a sticker campaign started in 2014 to create awareness about consent. The campaign consists of eye-catching stickers and temporary tattoos that simply read, ‘Ask First’, reminding people to ask for permission before touching or engaging with another person.
website design by Open Gates Creative
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 Ask First is a sticker campaign started in 2014 to create awareness about consent. The campaign consists of eye-

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.