Ever thought casual sex would be a lot easier if there was a legally binding contract proving consent?
Well, as it’s 2018, there’s now an app for that.
Let’s say you’ve met someone in a bar, you get along and it looks like you might be going home together.
To make sure the sex you want to have is consensual, all you do is open up an app and send a request like you would a message on Whatsapp.
The app in question is LegalFling which claims to be filling a void in the minefield that is dating.
Consent at the touch of a button (Picture: LegalFling)
It comes after a year where sexual harassment and the #metoo campaign have dominated the headlines.
Even in Sweden, there is legislation being proposed that would require people to give explicit consent before they have sex.
LegalFling states on its website that sex should not only be fun, it should ‘also be safe for everyone’.
If you receive a request on LegalFling and you press accept, the app claims you have entered into a legally binding agreement.
And if one of you breaches that contract by, for example, sharing sex tapes online or withholding information about STDs, you could end up in court.
Consent can also be withdrawn at the touch of button, effectively ending the legal agreement.
The agreements can also be used in long term relationships, with users able to add an infinite duration all the way down to a couple of hours.
Into BDSM or using explicit language? It can all be selected in advance as a way of legally proving knowledge of what you’re both signing into.
LegalFling says each contract is secured using blockchain, the technology that safeguards cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
The app says only the transaction hash is stored and time-stamped in the blockchain, which it claims will guarantee your privacy.
Whether you think it’s a progressive idea or proof that the world has gone mad, the app is still subject to approval by Apple and Google.
But LegalFling says it won’t be long before it can be downloaded.