Speaking to ABC News (Australia), Carson was asked what age clients she works with.
She replied: “We work with children from three years old, we work with parents from birth”.
“From birth?” the host responds, to which Carson smugly retorts:
“Yeah, just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. So, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that ok?’
“Of course the baby isn’t going to respond, ‘Yes mum that’s awesome, I’d love to have my nappy changed’. But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters”.
Carson likely underestimated the response, however, of the internet, which has roundly mocked her and her “expertise” on the subject matter.
The author and activist, who describes herself as having realised “there was an urgent and growing need to discuss how children and teens interact with digital sexual content”, presumably also meant to say “Mum or Dad” when referring to the changing of a nappy.
Deanne Carson, a “sexuality educator” with Body Safe Australia appeared on the show to talk about establishing a “culture of consent” in the home.
Speaking during the segment on ABC news she said she works with children from birth on issues of consent.
When asked to give an example of how parents could establish the culture in their home she said they could ask questions such as “I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?”
She continued: “Of course the baby is not going to respond ‘yes mum, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed.’
“But if you leave a space, and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you’re letting that child know that their response matters.”