Reporting back from the 2013 Young Sexualities Postgraduate Conference at Cardiff University
On the 25th January, the Young Sexualities research network hosted a one day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference on the theme of ‘Young Sexualities’ at Cardiff University. Postgraduates and early career researchers attended the event from as far afield as Poland and the Netherlands, braving the [...]
Earlier this year, GEA got very excited when we discovered some feminist activity happening online led a group of teenagers who are still at school and are passionate about feminism. The Twitter Youth Feminist Army (TYFA), like GEA, is committed to developing girls’ interest in feminist issues and ideas, but are also re-definining what feminism and [...]
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 [...]
“It’s almost like she’s two different people; one in English Literature class and another in song-writing club. I’d like to think the second one is the true her” (English teacher, inner London post-16 college)
This comment refers to a student who appeared to inhabit very different learner identities within two distinct contexts in her college: her [...]
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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 [...]
Whilst working in youth projects over the past decade or so, I have often noticed the predominance of highly gendered career guidance for young people. Too often, when discussing what career options girls were considering, the ‘holy trinity’ of beauty, hair and child care cropped up repeatedly in young women’s visions for their future 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 [...]
Everyday there seems to be yet more depressing news for education in the UK. Yesterday saw more rushed ideological notions of bringing soldiers into the classrooms, destroying teacher education within Higher Education, and reconfiguring the national curriculum yet again.
Schoolchildren and students were also active in walking out of lessons, taking to the streets and occupying [...]
[ October 27, 2010; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] Louise Archer, Sumi Hollingworth and Heather Mendick would be delighted if you can join them to celebrate the publication of their book Urban Youth and Education by Open University Press.
On Wednesday 27th October at 5pm: Refreshments from 4:30pm
The Conservatory, Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London, Stamford Street, SE1 9NH. See map.
Professor Meg Maguire and the [...]