Making sense of porn – using it for good?

Of late I have been trying to work out where I stand in relation to porn.
My mother very clearly laid out the view of many second wave feminists for me as a young woman – porn was bad; made by men for men; subjugated women etc.
When I was a young person I remember seeing the […]

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Education, Activism and Practice: Report from the BERA Sexuality & Youth Studies Event

November 11th 2011 saw an exciting joint symposium between the Youth studies and Sexualities BERA SIG at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.The initial idea was to encourage health educators, LGBT and feminist activists, youth workers and other young people’s practitioners to come together to discuss issues around youth gender and sexualities. With over 90 delegates, the […]

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Conference 2011 Keynote Address: Educating Desire (Davina Cooper)

Davina’s paper looked at the Toronto Women and Trans Bath House, a venue for sex between women who were often strangers, as an example of an ‘everyday utopia’. The notion of how to institutionalise social change lay behind the argument, but Davina was more focussed on alternatives to an institutionalised ethics which has become embedded […]

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Conference 2011 Keynote Address: Gender and Education in the Twenty-first Century, Engendering Debate? (Becky Francis)

Becky Francis’ keynote took on the task of exploring the current place of gender in the education system. She reflected on our current place as researchers in gender and education, on the theoretical challenges of our work and on our relationship to practice.
So, where are we now? Becky summarised that, while the place of women’s […]

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“I’m just a girl who just says no”: Guides to Keeping Your Legs crossed- Abstinence Only Sex Education for Girls

Whilst I am always happy to see critical discussion on the role of sex and relationship education in schools and youth centres, worryingly, this week saw a new amendment narrowly passed in the UK Commons.
Nadine Dorries’ (MP), amendment calls for extra abstinence-only sex education for girls aged 13-16. The amendment passed its first reading in […]

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Japan and the Forgiveness of Women

In the wake of Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, the English service of China Radio International reports that among the groups sending their condolences to the Japanese people has been a group of South Korean elderly women who organized a silent demonstration to commemorate the victims of the earthquake.
This was no ordinary group however but […]

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Are girls victims of their own sexual agency? Sexualisation, sexual violence and schooling

On the 15th October the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) organisation called upon the Coalition Government to urgently address the “alarming levels” of sexual harassment and violence against young women in schools. Their YouGov 2010 online survey of 788 16-18 year olds found that a third (29%) of young women reported unwanted sexual touching at […]

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