Not only is consent absolutely essential, it’s also totally sexy. We know that you know this already, but we thought we’d show it in glorious technicolour. So, without further ado, here's our list of eight times that consent was totally cool and pretty darn hot.
Friends With Benefits
First there's the time in Friends with Benefits that Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake agree to have no-strings-attached sexy fun. And trust us, sexy fun is had. This film is a bastion of consensual hook ups and communicative sex. If you're not the kind of person who likes to talk and bang at the same time this film might change your mind.
The L Word
Our favourite lesbian couple making a baby (the product of this encounter is the lovely Angelica, which just adds to the greatness of the scene). The only thing better than consensual baby-making is consensual baby-making in the shower.
It doesn't get much more romantic than this. Imagine if every time you kissed someone you started a flash mob in a train station... How cool would that be!
The West Wing
This is a fabulous scene from the West Wing which marks the beginning of a whole string of awkward but sexy kisses in various offices in the White House. It also features a goldfish called Gail, so what's not to love?
I think we can all agree that Disney hit it out of the park with this one. Although this probably doesn't count as steamy or sexy, it still counts as a groovy example of how PERFECT life is when you check in with people before you plant a smacker on their mouth. Spontaneity's great but if you're not 100% sure your advances are wanted, a quick check will help avoid any awkward face freeze moments.
And finally I don't think this one needs much introduction but... wow.
We're super keen to continue the conversation about this matter so if you can think of any examples we've missed, hit us up in the comments or on twitter (@sh24_nhs). The more the merrier!