No, an activist didn’t say babies must give consent for diaper changes

With each day comes 24 new hours for conservatives to find something to feel aggrieved about. Today’s outrage du jour involves Australian activist Saxon Mullins who speaks on issues of consent. The way right-wing headlines make it sound, she was telling parents that they must seek permission from a baby before changing a diaper. But, here’s what she really said:

“We work with parents from birth…Just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that OK?’ Of course a baby’s not going to respond ‘yes mum, that’s awesome I’d love to have my nappy changed’.

“But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters,” she said.

It’s okay to disagree with Ms. Mullins, but her suggestion was hardly extreme or radical.

I’ve long said that political correctness is a myth that conservatives use to shut down conversations. But, this case goes far beyond that – people are purposefully ignoring what she said to make her out to be “#metoo gone too far.” It’s damn near impossible to have a productive conversation with people acting in such bad faith.