August 4, 2019
Affirmative consent is necessary these days.
Netflix was the original streaming site to create the binge-watching culture that now dominates many TV shows.
The streaming site has since decided in a clever marketing move to create a ‘co-watching’ contract people can fill out with their partners to prevent them from ruining any binge-watching.
Included in the contract is a space for both parties to sign their names, as well as five rules each person must follow when agreeing to binge-watch a show together.
The terms and conditions of the contract read: ‘I won’t fall asleep; I won’t get distracted by my phone causing the other person to rewind because I missed something; I won’t continue watching a show without the other person present; I won’t talk whilst the show is on; In the event that I come across a spoiler, I won’t share it with the other person.’
Netflix also hilariously listed itself as a ‘witness’ for the contract.
What do you mean “hilariously,” Daily Mail?
Netflix is not joking.
They are literally able to witness you watching their shows. Smart TVs have been found to listen to and watch their owners in the past.
The technology is there. The cameras and microphones are there. They just have to use them.
Besides releasing the contract people can use in their own lives, Netflix also unveiled a new feature for its mobile app where it tracks users’ ‘physical activity’ throughout the day.
According to The Next Web, Netflix rolled out the new feature with Android users to improve video quality when users were on the go.
‘We are continually testing ways to give our members a better experience,’ Netflix told the site in a statement.
‘This was part of a test to see how we can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go. Only some accounts are in the test, and we don’t currently have plans to roll it out.’
But the name of the feature gave the impression to some users that Netflix wanted to know how active someone was compared to how much they watched TV shows and movies on the streaming site.
This was not the case, though, the steaming site claimed.
Yeah, you can either trust Netflix, or trust your instincts.
This contract thing may seem like a joke, but is it really a joke in the era of #MeToo affirmative consent where people unironically talk about explicit contracts to have sex?
If it is a joke, Netflix is mocking rape victims.
This should be brought to the attention of feminists. Mocking affirmative consent and contracts between two people is detrimental to the prevention of further abuse. If we want to stop rape, we have to make sex consent contracts mandatory — and in order to do that, we can’t have people thinking contracts between two people can be a joke.
Women’s lives are at stake here.