Very simply, consensual sex is consent to engage in sexual activity. When adults willingly and mutually agree to engage in any form of sexual activity with one another, it is consensual sex.

This definition sounds simple enough, but this is a largely misunderstood concept.

Popular culture has a huge role to play here. Male protagonists stalking females or imposing themselves on them even when the females have expressed their lack of consent, and the males finally winning the females at the end are problematic ideas propagated through mainstream cinema and popular culture.

Only when both the parties agree and are excited to engage in sexual activity with one another, can it be considered to be consensual sex.