Promoting Equality: UK Feminista

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 […]

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‘Keeping it Real’: teenage girls and everyday feminism

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 […]

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Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: a Matter of Equalities, Rights and Voice – 30th March 2012

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 […]

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Presumed Innocence: Sexualisation Research at Cardiff University

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 […]

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Modern Girlhoods: A GEA Seedcorn Event

‘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 […]

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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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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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