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Dutch firm introduces app for legally-binding consensual sex contracts

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Dutch firm, LegalThings has developed a controversial new app it says should clear up the issue of consent between sexual partners, by creating legally binding contracts.

The software hopes to help protect against STDs and ‘revenge porn’, as well as making clear what each person is comfortable with in the bedroom.

Agreements made via the app, which will be available on iOS and Android, can be accepted with a tap of a smartphone’s screen.

The app is currently just a concept, but its creators are hoping to gain backing to make the project a reality.

LegalFling, envisaged by LegalThings, is designed to ensure that explicit consent is given before participants engage in sexual behaviour.

As well as sending your request for consensual sex to your contact of choice, the app also lets you set your sexual preferences, including your list of do’s and don’ts.

That includes options such as approval for photos and videos to be made, whether a condom should be used, a guarantee that prospective partners are STD-free and whether you are comfortable with the use of explicit language and BDSM.

While it may be of use for one night stands, its creators believe it could help to protect many different kinds of sexual activity, including in  long-term relationships.

In a statement on the firm’s website, a spokesman said: ‘Sex should be fun and safe, but nowadays a lot of things can go wrong.

‘Think of unwanted videos, withholding information about STDs and offensive porn reenactment.

‘While you’re protected by law, litigating any offenses through court is nearly impossible in reality.

‘LegalFling creates a legally binding agreement, which means any offense is a breach of contract.

‘By using the Live Contracts protocol, your private agreement is verifiable using the blockchain and enforceable with a single click.’

The app concept is already proving controversial on social media, with Twitter users quick to point out the dangers that it could create.

LegalFling say that consent can be withdrawn at any time with a single click via the app.

However, according to Daily Mail, this could bring about further problems.

Legal activist and trainee lawyer Paul Kidd‏ said: ‘You can’t have a “legally binding contract” for sex.

‘Consent for sexual activity isn’t a contract, it can be withdrawn at any time including after sex has started. This is ridiculous.’

Dobby Lessons‏ said: ‘You know who turns a request for a norm of enthusiastic consent into a contract app?

‘Men who don’t know what consent looks like and who truly believe women accuse men of rape for fun and profit.

‘Also, they don’t know sex can begin as consensual and then turn brutal fast.’

Morgan Page‏ added: ‘The Legal Fling app is an immediate clue that the man who wants to have sex with you is pretty sure that he himself might be a rapist.’

LegalFling denies it is ‘promoting rape culture’ in the Frequently Asked Questions section of its wesbsite.

A spokesman for the app added: ‘Getting explicit consent and expressing your do’s and don’ts before sex should be the norm, but it typically doesn’t happen.

‘LegalFling is a fun but clear way to set the rules before play.’