Matthew McConaughey Says His Father Taught Him About Consent: ‘He Was Right’

Matthew McConaughey Says His Father Taught Him About Consent: ‘He Was Right’

Matthew McConaughey is revealing an important lesson his father taught him.

Present on the first episode of Amanda de Cadenet’s new podcast The Conversation: About the MenCadenet, 50, asked McConaughey, 52, about the sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager and how he knew the right way to approach sexual situations when he moving through adolescence. (He wrote about the abuse in his 2020 memoir Green lights.)

McConaughey said his parents taught him to be respectful in such situations and he credited his father for teaching him about consent.

“[My father is] talking to me as his son, as a male in this case and talking to me about a heterosexual relationship,” the actor recalled in a clip from the episode, exclusive to PEOPLE. “He says, ‘If you ever feel the girl is the female . please stop.’ “

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“Wow, he told you about consent,” said de Cadenet in response.

“He even said this: ‘Maybe you feel like they hesitate and then after you stop, then they go, ‘Oh no, no, ‘Don’t wait until next time,'” a McConaughey said.

“And he was right. I found myself in situations where I was like, ‘Nah nah nah, okay, I’m out’ and then saying, ‘Okay, cool, I’m out.’ The girl went, ‘Oh, well, no,’ and I was like, ‘No, no,'” the actress said. “And he said, ‘Trust that you will be another day if it is to be.’ “

Matthew McConaughey attends the premiere of 'White Boy Rick' at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theater on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

Matthew McConaughey attends the premiere of ‘White Boy Rick’ at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theater on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

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De Cadenet, which came after the Supreme Court was overruled Rua v. Wade in June opened up about her life-saving abortion in 2003, she hopes to engage in difficult conversations with men with her new podcast series, according to a press release.

“Men have certainly had a huge cultural reckoning in recent years. Existing concepts of masculinity are broken and need to be rebuilt. Men’s voices are vital in the restructuring of modern masculinity,” said De Cadenet in a statement.

“My hope is that I can create a space for the men to speak honestly and openly in a collaborative way,” she said. “Consent, parenting, race, undoing culture, porn, Roe V Wade and toxic masculinity are just some of the topics we touch on in an authentic, uncensored way.”

Future episodes of the The Conversation: About The Men Charlamagne tha God, Zachary Levi, Dr. Terry Real, Nick Viall, Kal Penn and Mike Tyson, among others.

The first episode of the series with McConaughey will be released on Monday, September 19. New episodes will air every Monday and can be heard on all podcast streaming services.

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