Romance Game Changer…New “Good2Go” App Has The Girl You’re With Input How Drunk She Is And Confirm That She’s Giving Consent To Have Sex With You
Slate - Last June, Reason’s Robby Soave called for an iPhone app that would clear up pesky he-said, she-said rape cases by recording “mutual consent” to engage in sexual activity before two people do the deed: “Maybe they would have to input a password and then touch phones, or something?” he proposed. Last week, his prayers were answered: The Good2Go sexual consent app isn’t as touch-and-go as the app of Soave’s dreams, but it does encourage sex partners to assess their mutual interest in sex and record their intoxication levels before getting busy.
Here’s how it works: After deciding that you would like to have sex with someone, launch the Good2Go app (free on iTunes and Google Play), hand the phone off to your potential partner, and allow him or her to navigate the process to determine if he or she is ready and willing. “Are We Good2Go?” the first screen asks, prompting the partner to answer “No, Thanks,” “Yes, but … we need to talk,” or “I’m Good2Go.” If the partner chooses door No. 1, a black screen pops up that reads “Remember! No means No! Only Yes means Yes, BUT can be changed to NO at anytime!” If he or she opts instead to have a conversation before deciding—imagine, verbally communicating with someone with whom you may imminently engage in sexual intercourse—the app pauses to allow both parties to discuss.
If the partner—let’s assume for the purposes of this blog post, partner is a she—indicates that she is “Good2Go,” she’s sent to a second screen that asks if she is “Sober,” “Mildly Intoxicated,” “Intoxicated but Good2Go,” or “Pretty Wasted.” If she chooses “Pretty Wasted,” the app informs her that she “cannot consent” and she’s instructed to return the phone back to its owner (and presumably, not have sex under any circumstances, young lady). All other choices lead to a third screen, which asks the partner if she is an existing Good2Go user or a new one. If she’s a new user, she’s prompted to enter her phone number and a password, confirm that she is 18 years old, and press submit. (Minors are out of luck—the app is only for consenting adults.) Then, she’ll fill out a fourth prompt, which asks her to input a six-digit code that’s just been texted to her own cellphone to verify her identity with that app. (Previous users can just type in their phone number—which serves as their Good2Go username—and password.) Once that level is complete, she returns the phone to its owner, who can view a message explaining the terms of the partner’s consent. (For example, the “Partner is intoxicated but is Good2Go.”) Then, the instigator presses a button marked “Ok,” which reminds him again that yes can be changed to “NO at anytime!”
Then you get to have sex.
Oh wow, can you say romance? Seriously, leave it to some app developing nerds to take intimacy to the next level. Feel like you really made a connection with someone, head back to your place, light some candles, fire up the slow jams Spotify playlist, softly kiss as you gently remove each other’s clothes. Then just as you’re about to lie down betwixt the sheets and make sweet passionate love…take the iPhone off your bedside table and ask her to please indicate her level of sobriety, swipe left, read the consent form, scroll over the fine print, then confirm you are Good2Go. Oh wait you’re not a member yet, OK hold on, they’re sending you a verification code, check your email then input it here. Yup just press enter please, hold on the connection is bad in here, wait for the signal to send. Ok let’s do this, it’s sex time!
Can’t even imagine how awkward that’s gotta be to use this app. The ultimate mood killer. By the time you get to the 5th screen requiring a PIN and a 10 topic questionnaire the magic is long gone and it couldn’t be more clear you’re spending another night with your laptop open on your chest and a box of Kleenex.
Oh, and just one little downside, for all those people who care about “privacy” and shit:
When you use the trendy new consent app, Good2Go, you’re theoretically practicing “affirmative consent”: explicit, conscious agreement to sexual activity before it starts.
Incidentally, you’re also telling a new mobile development company with no Internet footprint or track record to speak of (a) who you’re sleeping with, (b) when you did it, and (c) how drunk or sober you were at the time.
This doesn’t just mean that your data is potentially vulnerable to hackers, should they go after the service. (Good2Go stores its users’ information on Amazon Web Services, which are considered secure — but have been hacked before.) It also means the logs could transfer to another company if Good2Go is sold, be subpoenaed in a lawsuit or criminal case, or sold off to someone else entirely.
It can share who you are having sex with with third parties and email marketers! What a bonus!