What We Can Learn About Consent From Cats

Writing this as I lay on the bed with a cat on my butt. Photo at the end.
  1. They set the boundaries. Not you.
  2. You know not to immediately expect intimacy. And when you earn it it's THE BEST. Every time.
  3. They determine when and under which circumstances they want to be pet
  4. Just because they let you rub their belly once DOES NOT mean you automatically get to do it again
  5. They are constantly evaluating their comfort level with what is happening to them
  6. They may come at you aggressively for attention but decide halfway through they want you far far away from them and you oblige or you bleed
  7. They don't care if you are a man or a woman, they expect respect
  8. The last thing you want to do to a passed out cat is touch their sensitive areas
  9. Even sometimes the people they love will cross a line after which both parties reflect and correct their behavior
  10. People respect that that's just how cats are
  11. They are VERY capable of giving love and attention for those that respect the laws of consent