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Sex ed in the news 

Round-up from 6/10 to 12/10/17

Categories covered:

 

MEN & MASCULINITY

FEMINISM / SEXUALISATION OF WOMEN

TECHNOLOGY / WELLBEING

PORN

BODIES

MEDIA

MENTAL HEALTH / SEXUAL HEALTH

PLEASURE / DESIRE

CONSENT / EDUCATION

 

 

MEN & MASCULINITY

Just to kick off… my (very long) piece: Beyond Control: Attending a Conference on Men, Patriarchy & Mental Health

https://filia.org.uk/news/2017/9/26/beyond-control-a-conference-on-men-patriarchy-mental-health

 

Sign up now for BAM (Being A Man festival at the Southbank Centre, 24-26 November)

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/being-a-man

 

How to teach teenage boys to actually respect women

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/j55y7g/how-to-teach-teenage-boys-to-actually-respect-women

 

This heart-melting cartoon about getting older puts life in perspective – 18-frame comic about a dad and his daughter

http://www.upworthy.com/this-heart-melting-cartoon-about-getting-older-puts-life-in-perspective?c=upw1

 

The making of a male midwife
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41426691
 

 

FEMINISM / SEXUALISATION OF WOMEN

 

We're "bloody feminists" and we have a problem with Kingsman 2's sex scene

http://www.whimn.com.au/play/unwind/were-bloody-feminists-and-we-have-a-problem-with-kingsman-2s-sex-scene/news-story/07559bd96dbb236b14680338bb9f5b2f

AND:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/matthew-vaughn-interview-kingsman-2-sex-scene-the-golden-circle-a7965911.html
AND:

http://screenrant.com/kingsman-2-glastonbury-sex-scene-not-bad-disgusting/

 

This man is erecting a huge statue of a nude woman by the Washington Monument
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/vb7y5j/this-man-is-erecting-a-huge-statue-of-a-nude-woman-by-the-washington-monument?

AND: • R-Evolution on the National Mall – fundraising + video but also interesting reflections by the artist
https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/r-evolution-on-the-national-mall-2017--3

 

Songs that hate women and the women who love them: why I'm still a fan of AC/DC

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/02/songs-that-hate-women-and-the-women-who-love-them-why-im-still-a-fan-of-acdc

 

Mexico's largest university hosts feminism conference without a single female panellist – rationales explained here

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/feminism-conference-no-women-mexico-university-sexism-mansplaining-online-ridicule-a7984701.html

 

Hijab Monologues: dating, the weather and Islamophobia in frank, funny tales
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/02/hijabi-monologues-bush-theatre-london

 

New study reveals children around the world share depressing, sexist beliefs
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/3kaaa3/new-study-reveals-children-around-the-world-share-depressing-sexist-beliefs

Sylvia Plath in a bikini shot: it's time to stop sexualising a serious author to sell books – with some interesting reader comments/debates
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/sep/28/sylvia-plath-bikini-shot-its-time-to-stop-sexualising-a-serious-author-to-sell-books

The gender agenda: a first-hand account of how girls and boys are treated differently
 

Presents a selection of tweets and blogs from a diary kept by the parents of a three-year-old girl and baby boy exploring how they are treated differently because of their gender and the impact this has. Shows how culture, family and parents are part of the "gender police" that can influence a child's identity. Explores ways in which gender stereotypes in society can be challenged.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34390434-the-gender-agenda
 

 

TECHNOLOGY / WELLBEING

 

The Digital Human: Sin-Eaters – BBC Radio 4 show. Content moderators working in huge numbers across the world are fighting a losing battle both to keep horrible images from slipping into our social media feeds but also against the harm they suffer from witnessing so much gruesomeness. A programme about what happens when you stare into the abyss for too long.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096h775

 

Growing social media backlash among young people, survey shows
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/oct/05/growing-social-media-backlash-among-young-people-survey-shows

 

Digital 5 a day – from the Children's Commissioner

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2017/08/06/digital-5-a-day/

 

PORN

 

Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher – interestingly, this same piece went up the day before (5/10) entitled: Pupils "go to porn websites to learn about sex"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41499243

 

Porn at BAM (Being A Man festival at the Southbank Centre, 24-26 November)
Over 90% of young people have viewed porn by age 14, and most boys believe it is a realistic depiction of sex. What effect does this have on male expectations of sex? A panel of experts debate whether porn can be a playful added dimension to sex, or if it distances us from our real life partners. Chaired by Wendy Jones, author of The Sex Lives of English Women: Intimate Interviews and Unexpected Answers, who is currently working on a book about the sex lives of English men.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/124093-porn-2017#events

 

"Empowering" porn-for-women site accused of stealing content from women
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/gy5yg7/bellesa-empowering-porn-women-stealing-content

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal: "Pornography is an art form"
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/sep/30/maggie-gyllenhaal-pornography-is-art-form

 

Hugh Hefner leaves behind legacy of sexual exploitation and a public health crisis
http://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/hugh-hefner-leaves-behind-legacy-sexual-exploitation-public-health-crisis/
AND: • I called Hugh Hefner a pimp, he threatened to sue. But that's what he was
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/28/hugh-hefner-pimp-sue-playboy-mansion
AND: • Hugh Hefner was the ultimate enemy of women – no feminist anywhere will shed a tear at his death
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hugh-hefner-dead-death-playboy-mansion-bunny-women-misogynist-predatory-enemy-a7972046.html
AND: • Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner: An Early Proponent of LGBTQ Rights
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/playboy-founder-hugh-hefner-early-proponent-lgbtq-rights-n805591
AND: • When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thanked Hugh Hefner
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/28/hugh-hefner-death-feminism-womens-rights-215657

BODIES

Over half of men are uncomfortable talking about their partners' vagina – US slant on UK report from the Eve Appeal
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/evvwez/over-half-of-men-are-uncomfortable-talking-about-their-partners-vagina

 

This Morning's "designer vagina" stunt put women's well-being at stake
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2017/38/zoe-beaty-on-this-morning-designer-vagina

 

An anorexic teenager was approached by two modelling agencies at a music festival
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2017/39/anorexic-teenager-approached-by-two-modelling-agencies

 

Will my anorexia stop me going to university?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41123278

HARASSMENT / PROSTITUTION / SEXUAL ABUSE 

Three-quarters of young women expect some form of sexual harassment on a night out
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2017/39/three-quarters-of-young-women-expect-some-form-of-sexual-harassment-on-a-night-out

 

Sexual assault on the way home: "Am I making a fuss?"
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2017/29/alexandra-heminsley-on-sexual-assault-on-public-transport

 

My work as a prostitute led me to oppose decriminalisation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41349301

 

"The Mouse" – powerful new 2-minute animation about child sexual abuse and exploitation (voiced by Chris Harper, the actor performing the role of perpetrator Nathan Curtis in Corrie) https://voicingcsa.uk/themouse/

• Following in the footsteps of Coronation Street's ongoing grooming storyline, it seeks to raise awareness of perpetrator tactics and the importance of seeking support etc. Voicing CSA is keen for the animation to reach a wide audience to ensure survivors of these crimes feel recognised and able to seek support – please share among your networks using the hashtag #TheMouse. This is part of a wider hope to encourage survivors to access and engage with the Truth Project being led by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

 

MEDIA

Twerking man and "dead dad" ad among most complained about in 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/sep/28/moneysupermarket-ad-complaints-asa
AND • Dave's #EpicStrut TV Ad MoneySuperMarket January 2015 HD OFFICIAL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUrsvegCkEc
AND • Meet Dave And His Epic Strut | This Morning – 2-minute ITV interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuWbBRvBaV0

 

Gay couple will no longer appear in McCain's TV ad after homophobic abuse
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/29/gay-couple-will-no-longer-appear-in-mccains-tv-ad-after-homophobic-abuse

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH / SEXUAL HEALTH

Young people "more anxious than ever" due to Brexit and rising debt
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/29/young-people-more-anxious-than-ever-due-to-brexit-and-rising-debt

"I worry about money most of the time"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41427569

Sexual health services at tipping point warn councils 
https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/sexual-health-services-tipping-point-warn-councils?mc_cid=88acd58506&mc_eid=481154899b

Unpacking the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult mental health
Summary: Analyses the relationship between an expanded adverse childhood experience (ACE) score that includes being smacked as a child in 7465 adults and adult mental health outcomes. Key findings: a graded dose-response relationship between the expanded ACE score and the likelihood of moderate to heavy drinking, drug use, depression, and suicide attempts in adulthood; being smacked as a child was significantly associated with mental health outcomes.
Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.69), July 2017, pp 10-19
Go to publication

PLEASURE / DESIRE

Cool study examines the nuanced ways women orgasm
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/xww49z/cool-study-examines-the-nuanced-ways-women-orgasm

AND: • Women’s Experiences With Genital Touching, Sexual Pleasure, and Orgasm: Results From a U.S. Probability Sample of Women Ages 18 to 94 – Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy report (in connection with OMGYes.com)
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0092623X.2017.1346530?needAccess=true

Why don't I want to have sex with the man I love?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41469511

From Unscrewing Ourselves – Broadly's first annual sex month exploring the state of sex ed today by highlighting the individuals and ideas changing our sexual health for the better…

• Understanding sexual pleasure isn't just fun – it's crucial 
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/qvjm4p/understanding-sexual-pleasure-isnt-just-funits-crucial?

• Why the best female masturbation scenes on TV are the boring ones
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/ne7km7/why-the-best-female-masturbation-scenes-on-tv-are-the-boring-ones

• A sex therapist explains the biggest myths about the female orgasm
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/evpmgk/a-sex-therapist-explains-the-biggest-myths-about-the-female-orgasm

• The lesbian vloggers teaching queer teens how to have better safer sex
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/3kayv5/the-lesbian-vloggers-teaching-queer-teens-how-to-have-better-safer-sex

• Why we need to empower black girls to take control of their own sex lives
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/7xkmq4/why-we-need-to-empower-black-girls-to-take-control-of-their-own-sex-lives

 

 

CONSENT / EDUCATION

 

Teaching young people about consent and pleasure – free eLearning course to support teachers from Brook (with Elsie Whittington – see below article + University of Sussex + Onclick)
https://www.brook.org.uk/our-work/consent
AND: • Press release https://www.brook.org.uk/press-releases/teaching-young-people-about-consent-and-pleasure

Why we need to teach pupils sex is not just about warding off groomers and STIs – by Elsie Whittington (see eLearning course above)
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/elsie-whittington/why-we-need-to-teach-pupils_b_18039428.html

 

Talking to kids about sexual misconduct from five years old: why prevention is better than punishment

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sexual-misconduct-children-prevention_uk_59ba8da1e4b0edff9719c5af

 

Innovative RSE awards – Brook and FPA have recognised North London school and the great Period Positive programme for providing innovative SRE as part of Durex-funded project

Top 10 schools-based RSE programmes (as voted by 10 young people)
As part of a joint Durex-funded project between Brook and FPA, 10 young people aged 15-18 met in August to identify excellent examples of schools-based RSE. The top 10 programmes as chosen by young people to feature in Brook and FPA's joint report are: Big Talk Education, Bracknell Forest Council, Jigsaw PSHE, Oak Field School (Nottingham), Park High School (Stanmore), Period Positive, Sarah PSHE (Cornwall), Solihul School, Spectrum Community Health CIC and St Philips School (Kingston upon Thames). The report will be published later this year by Brook

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