Expanding Vocabularies or Why Heather Rarely Teaches the Same Class Twice

I woke up to our local Police Chief discussing gun violence in the wake of 2 shooting deaths yesterday.  He spoke about the importance of community being willing to come forward to help justice be served,  and how both the police force and legal system must then serve that justice to build a relationship of trust.  He called it a co-production of safety.

Putting aside the eye rolling notion that legalities = justice, I thought the term co-production of safety was interesting and started thinking about how it applied to both the kink community at large and individual interactions.  I think it builds the notion that we’re all in this together, which is really important because no one person can keep themselves safe when their interacting with other humans…..that’s just not how things work.

I’m still turning over how to put that language into use while staying on the right side of personal responsibility (that is, you have a personal responsibility not to infringe on the rights of other people) and ensuring we focus on systems being in place, and working correctly, so that we can *do* something with information that is provided….. but I think the term has benefit.

Definitely a term that I’ll be including in my Conversations on Consent classes from now on.

One thought on “Expanding Vocabularies or Why Heather Rarely Teaches the Same Class Twice

  1. Master Michael S says:

    Something that I try to bring up in some of these conversations – especially when they veer to “Top/Dom/Master has all the responsibility to keep bottom/sub/slave safe in all ways, past/present/future” – is that everyone has responsibility to what they do. Nobody abdicates responsibility, even if they do surrender control or authority. If we are adults doing something together, we have adult responsibilities together to make this good, to communicate and actively participate. I think this happens when people “co-produce” or work together, instead of going into a passive mode of expectation (or worse, of entitlement due to roles on one side or another).

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