With the discussion of sexual assault and sexual misconduct being at an all-time high, a Dutch tech company is now looking to give their contribution to the movement with the launch of a new app.

A company called LegalThings is currently developing an app called LegalFlings that would allow potential partners to sign a legally binding document that would give consent for certain sexual acts prior to them getting busy.

While it might sound like a great idea to some, there are obviously some flaws in the concept. For example, it dismisses the fact that people sometimes change their mind in the middle of the act.

According to the creators, LegalFling was created to ensure that explicit sexual consent is granted before participants engage in sexual behaviour. And it isn’t just for one night stands – according to their website, the app is meant to protect all types of sexual relationships, even long-term relationships.

The app will work by actually entering the consenting participants into a binding legal contract, or a Live Contract – and breaking any of the aforementioned rules is a breach of contract.

If a breach of contract does occur, the app claims that users can simply click a button that will trigger “cease and desist letters and enforcing penalty payments,” as well as make it easier to bring the issue to court.

LegalFling is created using blockchain technology, which means any transactions are stored and timestamped in the blockchain. However, according to the website, users don’t have to worry about privacy breaches as all flings are encrypted within the app.

And the creators of the app have attempted to make safe consensual sex as simple as possible – users can WhatsApp, text message, or Facebook message their requests. And if you no longer want to participate in a sexual relationship, the app allows you to withdraw consent at anytime.

LegalFling still has to receive the approval of Google and Apple before it can be downloaded.

What are your thoughts on the app?

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