Consent culture is a culture in which asking for consent is normalized and condoned in popular culture. Consent culture is understanding that each person knows what is best for their own selves. It is respecting a person’s response even if it is not the response you had hoped for.
Consent culture is believing that you and your partner(s) have the right over your own bodily autonomies. Nobody has a right to use their power against another person for their decision not to participate.
Consent culture is also not exclusive to sex or sexual activity. Not insisting that someone try a bite of food and instead allowing them the space to choose not to eat any is consent culture.
It is also not tickling someone when they don’t want to be tickled.
It’s asking before you start something and it’s stopping when you are being told to stop.