Death threats for woman who said parents need consent to change babies' nappies

The Australian so-called sexuality expert who was ridiculed after saying parents should ask for their baby's permission before changing their nappy has received bizarre death threats. 

Deanne Carson was being interviewed by ABC News when she said teaching a "culture of consent" should begin from birth.

She said to tell babies, "I'm going to change your nappy now - is that okay?" and then wait for a response. 

"Of course a baby's not going to respond, 'Yes mum, that's awesome - I'd love to have my nappy changed.' But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you're letting that child know that their response matters."

Ms Carson said on Tuesday that she's been the target of death threats since doing the ABC interview. She said she was "ridiculed and harassed" by people on social media, in an article on website New Matilda. 

"People - mostly men - inboxed me on Twitter, Facebook and two social media accounts," she wrote. 

"They wanted to know if I had children, if I was a man, a woman or an 'it', and whether I would do the world a favour and kill myself.

"I wanted to keep my socials open because I was also receiving messages from survivors of sexual trauma who wished they had grown up in a culture of consent. But I couldn't."

"It just wasn't physically possible to delete the vile messages faster than they came in."

Ms Carson said the final straw for her was when she received a message telling her she "needed a bullet between the eyes". 

She stands by her comments in the interview, and claims early childhood educators "give children a warning that they need their nappy changed".

"The strategy is about modelling active communication between two people in intimate or vulnerable moments from a young age," she wrote.