Matters of gender and sexuality have already made headlines in 2013 and it seems hope is on the horizon for understanding and re-framing gender and sexuality as implicating all, whereby the phrasing of its ‘socially constructed’ categorisation can break out of academic sociology and enjoy a more public airing. From the continuation of last year’s [...]
GEA Policy Report Autumn 2012
UK Feminista is a relatively new organization of ‘ordinary women and men campaigning for gender equality’. Founded just over 2 years ago, it has wide and international aims, namely a ‘vision of a world where women enjoy all the rights enshrined in CEDAW – the Convention on the Elimination of All [...]
It is an overcast Friday in mid-October as the Cardiff University contingent (that’s us!) pull up outside a rated-but-dated business hotel in Newport; we are attending the #KeepingItReal conference for teenage girls, run by the South Wales charity Full Circle, who seek to support aspiration in young people, and as we find our way into the [...]
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending an excellent event exploring young people and sexualisation in Wales. The Cardiff University event was opened by two senior policymakers for Wales, Keith Towler, the Children’s Commissioner, and Gwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services.
The event brought scholars, practitioners, policymakers and young people themselves [...]
In today’s increasingly sexualised culture, Cardiff social scientists are working with the Welsh Assembly on the pressures facing young people.
With the increased availability of sexual images, celebrity culture, normalisation of cosmetic surgery and the direct marketing of sexualised consumer goods to younger and younger children, culture is becoming increasingly sexualised. At Cardiff University, Emma Renold [...]
‘Great papers, lots of interesting people and plenty of opportunity for important dialogue’
‘I was totally blown away by Wednesday. Best conference I’ve ever been to, especially the way that the conversations just got more and more interesting as the day went on’
The 8th February 2012 saw another exciting GEA seedcorn event on the theme of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
GEA’s policy officer, Miriam David, coordinated our response to the UK government’s current consultation on Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). She drew on a wealth of expertise within the GEA executive. This includes: Claire Maxwell’s recent work for Womankind entitled The Freedom to Achieve, Fin Cullen’s experience and [...]
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 [...]