Expressing what you are comfortable with and are not comfortable with, what you want and don’t want, is simply and fundamentally every person’s right in every situation, including those regarding dating and sex. Knowing your rights in dating and social situations may help you in making decisions and in defining and maintaining your boundaries.
A Sample Dating Bill of Rights
- I have a right to have close friendships while dating a different person.
- I have the right to refuse a date without feeling guilty.
- I have the right to ask for a date without feeling inadequate if s/hesays “no.”
- I have the right to my sexual orientation.
- I have the right not to act tough and untouchable. I have the right not to act seductive and submissive.
- I have the right to start a relationship slowly and to say “I want to know you better before I become involved.”
- I have the right to change a relationship and to say “We used to be close, and I want something else now.”
- I have the right to be told a relationship is changing and not blame myself or change myself to keep it going.
- I have the right to an equal relationship with another person.
- I have the right to a partner who respects me, understands me, and is willing to communicate with me.
- I have the right not to dominated.
- I have the right to act one way with one person and a different way with another.
- I have the right to change my goals whenever I want.