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July 9, 2016
Posted at 10:41 pm
 

Touching and the NiS Universe

I posted the first part of my first story on Friday, and already it has over 2,000 hits. I'm surprised.

I know that most NiS stories include the requirement that participants accept all "reasonable" requests for people to touch them. In my story, NiS participants are able to refuse any request they want. I did not make this decision lightly.

While the NiS program is generally limited to high schools, we have to consider that this is only four grades out of the thirteen in a K-12 program. What do schools teach K-4 students about touching?

I googled "Good touch bad touch" and clicked on the first link that came up. It explains that there are good reasons for teaching young children that any touch that makes them feel uncomfortable is a bad touch. I have a difficult time imagining that, even in a universe where the Naked in School program is widespread, the central administration would be willing to enact a touching policy in high school that is diametrically opposed to the one they are trying to teach in elementary school.

Also, I believe that sex-positivity includes letting people know that they have the right to say "no" when they don't want to do something.

How do I reconcile this position with the basic NiS premise? Well, we know schools have dress codes. I can imagine bureaucrats determining that, while they cannot control students' bodies, they can control what students wear over those bodies, and therefore students lacking clothing is something completely different from students submitting to bad touches.

This is not too farfetched in the world I've created. I already had officials take a fourteen-year-old girl with female genitalia and XX chromosomes and classify her as a boy. The distinction in preceding paragraph is more reasonable than that decision.

If you don't like the change I made to the pamphlet, tough.