The French newspaper Le Monde has commissioned James Joyce to create a series of images for a feature on the issue of ‘affirmative consent’ in the USA.
Since 2014, in order to tackle the increase of sexual assaults on college campuses, three states (California, New York and Connecticut) passed different laws about “affirmative consent”.
These laws require universities to specify in their rules that “consent between sexual partners must be explicit, conscious and willing”. in other words silence or the absence of a no is not a yes. Only a verbal yes means yes.
James created four images with the words ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ using typography and symbolism to communicate ideas around the issue of consent.