No Means No, Maybe Means No, and Only Yes Means Yes

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3 min readMay 21, 2024

Consent is a simple but powerful concept that affects every part of our lives, especially in relationships. In my life, learning about and applying these ideas of clear consent has been important, especially in my relationship with Archie. It’s been three years since Archie started living with us. My daughter wanted us to get married and become a traditional family, but I explained to her that we can be happy and united without marriage. I assured her that our bond is strong and that we can build a fulfilling life together just as we are.

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The Evolution of a Relationship

Over the past three years, Archie’s presence in our home has significantly changed the dynamics of our family. When he first came to live with us, there were adjustments and challenges, but as time passed, he began to show a deep respect and love for both me and my daughter, Eleanor. His transformation was remarkable. He went from being somewhat unpredictable to becoming a stable and caring figure in our lives.

This shift in Archie’s behavior has made me reconsider our relationship. I’ve noticed how his fatherly affection towards Eleanor and his respectful attitude towards me have enriched our lives. Sometimes, I feel…