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SEX ED TOPICS IN THE NEWS

Round-up from 22/1 to 21/2

Categories covered:

 

  • SEX EDUCATION

  • FEMINISM / SEXISM

  • MASCULINITY / MEN

  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT

  • CONSENT

  • PLEASURE / DESIRE

  • PORN

  • BODY IMAGE / BODIES

  • LGBT

  • IDENTITY / DIVERSITY

  • TEENAGERS / CHILDREN & MENTAL HEALTH

  • TECHNOLOGY & CHILDREN / YOUNG PEOPLE

 

 

SEX EDUCATION

Every parent must get involved in their children’s sex education – Leah Jewett’s Huffington Post blog post from 13/2/18
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/hiding-in-plain-sight-whats-missing-from-your-childrens_uk_5a7d4f2fe4b0a0f48092eb37

Sign this petition: “Give young people the high-quality relationships and sex education they deserve” – from the FPA (Family Planning Association)
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/451/335/373/young-people/

Sex-education campaigners lay out vision for effective curriculum
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/sex-education-campaigners-lay-out-vision-effective-curriculum

Teachers need proper sex education training, warn experts
https://schoolsweek.co.uk/teachers-need-proper-sex-education-training-warn-experts/

Exclusive: Just 29% of teachers say schools will be ready for statutory sex education
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exclusive-just-29-teachers-say-schools-will-be-ready-statutory-sex

Cross-party parliamentary debate on statutory PSHE education – held on 6/2/18
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2018-02-06a.467.0&s=Relationship+and+Sex+Education#g490.1

Sex and relationship education should be about rights and equity not just biology – from 13/12/17
https://theconversation.com/sex-and-relationship-education-should-be-about-rights-and-equity-not-just-biology-88806

Sex ed “must cover respect and consent”, say young mums
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42962268

Puberty is starting earlier for many children – sex education must catch up with this new reality
https://theconversation.com/puberty-is-starting-earlier-for-many-children-sex-education-must-catch-up-with-this-new-reality-89608

The importance of educating parents to educate their children – Leah Jewett’s piece from 9/2/18 submitted to the Westminster Education Forum for inclusion in the briefing document for its conference Preparing for Implementing Compulsory Relationships and Sex Education In Schools – Curriculum Content, Best Practice and Teacher Training
https://www.outspokeneducation.com/single-post/2018/02/09/The-importance-of-educating-parents-to-educate-their-children

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Why is Mommy moaning?
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/01/02/25669064/savage-love-letter-of-the-day-why-is-mommy-moaning

These women are changing the face of sex education as we know it – from 21/11/17
http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/21/these-women-are-changing-the-face-of-sex-education-as-we-know-it-7088382/

At the heart of Valentine’s Day: 14 tips for talking openly with children and young people – from Leah Jewett and Yoan Reed of OUTSPOKEN
https://www.outspokeneducation.com/single-post/2018/02/10/At-the-heart-of-Valentine%E2%80%99s-Day

How to talk to the kids about sexual harassment – American article
http://www.njfamily.com/How-to-Talk-to-the-Kids-About-Sexual-Harassment/

Wearing black to the State of the Union isn’t enough
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/27/opinions/sex-ed-sotu-me-too-cushman-opinion/index.html

Could the #MeToo movement change sex ed? – American article
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/01/26/what-do-schools-teach-about-sexual-harassment.html?

PSHE and SRE should both be compulsory for all school children
https://neu.org.uk/latest/relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-pshe

Comments about PSHE, relationships and sex education, behaviour of men/boys and respect for girls made during a House of Lords debate on Women: Events Industry on 30/1/18 by Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat) and Baroness Williams of Trafford (Minister of State, Home Department)
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2018-01-30c.1419.5&s=%22sex+education%22#g1421.3

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education – What is the time frame for introduction of PSHE? What has been allocated from the public purse for the roll-out of statutory relationships and sex education? – asked by Emma Lewell-Buck, Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families) on 20/2/18
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-02-06.126942.h&s=Sex+and+Relationship+Education#g126942.r0

Students: Social Media – What steps are being taken to ensure that students are educated on issues of privacy and personal security on social media? – asked by Alex Sobel, Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West on 20/2/18
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-02-08.127785.h&s=%22Relationships+and+Sex+Education%22#g127785.r0

Where OUTSPOKEN stands on the government consultation on relationships and sex education (RSE) – Leah Jewett and Yoan Reed respond to the government’s 12/2/18 call for evidence, entitled Changes to the Teaching of Sex & Relationship Education and PSHE, which appealed to parents, children, young people, teachers – to anyone at all – to answer eight questions
https://www.outspokeneducation.com/single-post/2018/02/09/Where-OUTSPOKEN-stands-on-the-government-consultation-on-relationships-and-sex-education-RSE

AND: • What They Need To Know – How parents can respond to the government’s consultation on relationships and sex education – of general interest although it is particular to the 12/2/18 consultation
https://www.fpa.org.uk/sites/default/files/what-they-need-to-know-fpa-guidance-for-parents-on-govt-rse-consultation.pdf

SEX EDUCATION – Project Pleasure with Frankie Wells and Anouszka Tate – from 9/10/17 – 1-hour programme from Roundhouse Radio
Frankie and Anouszka explore sex ed from its beginnings through to the classroom now. Joined by Bish.com’s Justin Hancock they talk about what changes they’d like to see how their own education impacted their experiences. Roundhouse Radio is a proving ground for a new generation of radio talent, all aged 11-25. We have over 30 shows from brilliant new music to experimental drama, spoken word, exclusive interviews and much more
https://www.mixcloud.com/roundhouseradio/project-pleasure-with-frankie-wells-and-anouszka-tate-9-october-2017/

 

 

FEMINISM / SEXISM

All Women Count – Refugee and migrant women lobby Parliament – on 8 March (International Women’s Day)
Join refugee and migrant women in Westminster to demand safety, dignity and liberty for all women. On the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, let’s not forget those women whose voices are too often not heard. Refugee and migrant women in the UK often do not have the right to vote yet are affected by laws and policies decided in Westminster.

What you can do: Find your MP's contact details here and use this template letter to invite them to meet you at the lobby
https://www.allwomencount.co.uk/

Million Women Rise – all women/girl event from 12pm on 10 March
Million Women Rise (MWR) believes that male violence against women and children is a global pandemic. Last year was the 10-year anniversary of MWR. A woman’s right to live free from violence and/or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked, exploited, and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. More than ever, we need to gather as a critical mass
http://www.millionwomenrise.com/ 

Women’s Equality Party comedy + auction fundraiser to support WE Camden co-leader Emma Ko running for local councillor for Brent in the May elections – 17 March at The Masons Arms, 665 Harrow Road, London NW10 5NU. Tickets £25, including free drink
Features standout line-up of female talent:
• Taylor Glenn – an award-winning American comedian, writer and former psychotherapist who co-hosts the Self Renovators podcast, Taylor has written for The Guardian, Standard Issue Magazine, The Daily Mash and Huffington Post. Her stand-up show A Billion Days Of Parenthood received rave reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe
• Eleanor Tiernan – an Irish comedian, Eleanor is a regular contributor to TV, radio and panel shows. She has done stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe, Galway Comedy Festival and Montreal Just For Laughs
• Yuriko Kotani – a Japanese transplant to London, Yuriko was called One to Watch by Time Out and won both the BBC New Comedy Award and the Brighton Comedy Squawker Award – all in 2015 (clearly a busy year for Yuriko!)
Book tickets at https://wecamden.bpt.me

Why Angelina Jolie wants her daughters to follow in her footsteps
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/angelina-jolie-sexual-violence-conflict-elle-john/?

AND: • What Angelina Jolie is fighting for now
https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a16642591/angelina-jolie-march-cover-2018/

I can finally say it – I think Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen are rubbish anyway – For so long, I’ve been held back by the sexist male genius paradox
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2018/02/i-can-finally-say-it-i-think-quentin-tarantino-and-woody-allen-are-rubbish

The masked feminist brigade vandalizing misogynistic ads – from 11/12/17
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/bjdn5q/the-masked-feminist-brigade-vandalizing-misogynistic-ads

When Barbie went to war with Bratz – How a legal battle over intellectual property exposed a cultural battle over sex, gender roles, and the workplace – from the New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/22/when-barbie-went-to-war-with-bratz

New Tomb Raider Barbie finally gives the doll a good stealth assassination weapon
https://www.avclub.com/the-new-tomb-raider-barbie-finally-gives-the-doll-a-goo-1823120263

Ex-Canadian PM says women’s bare arms on TV “demeaning”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43049517

Cross party calls for misogyny to be a hate crime – Letter from Green Party and others
http://www.womensgrid.org.uk/?p=5315

Poundland “naughty” elf ad deemed “irresponsible” by regulator
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42946741

Doritos announces new bag for crisps just for women
http://www.theweek.co.uk/91438/doritos-announces-new-bag-of-crisps-just-for-women

AND:  • Doritos to launch “ladies-only” crisps as apparently women don’t like to crunch loudly
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/lady-doritos-snacks-for-women-14253486

AND: • Same sh•t, different era
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/same-sht-different-era-rachel-pine/

Formula 1: “Grid girls” will not be used at races this season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/42890261

“Walk-on girls” should be banned across all sports, says Women’s Sports Trust
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/walk-on-girls-should-be-banned-across-all-sports-says-womens-sports-trust_uk_5a6f2d5ce4b0ddb658c8ae52

AND: • Yes, employing walk-on girls is sexist. But we can’t blame the women
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/5/Emily-Baker-on-darts-walk-on-girls?

Gambling firms defy calls to stamp out sexist behaviour at event
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/07/ice-totally-gambling-conference-fails-to-crack-down-on-sexism?

Lorde takes out newspaper advert in wake of Grammys snub to women
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/31/lorde-newspaper-advert-grammys-snub-women 

AND: • Female musicians hit back at Grammy president who told them to “step up”
https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/female-musicians-respond-to-grammy-prez-step-up-comment.html?

AND: • Grammy president “regrets” saying female musicians need to “step up”
http://www.vulture.com/2018/01/grammy-president-regrets-telling-women-in-music-to-step-up.html?

AND: • The 2018 Grammys were all about women – until it came to them actually winning anything
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/5/Yomi-Adegoke-on-Grammys-problem-with-women-music-industry?

AND: • Why Kesha should have won “Best Pop Vocal Performance” Grammy
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-kesha-should-have-won-best-pop-vocal-performance-grammy-2018?

Don’t let the media tell you that the #MeToo backlash is about younger versus older women
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/4/Lynn-Enright-on-me-too-feminism-older-women-versus-young

64 thank yous: inspiring women pay tribute to the heroines who blazed a trail before them
https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/64-inspiring-women-pay-tribute-to-the-heroines-who-blazed-a-trail-before-them

“As a 1990s teenager, the world gave us girl power and pornification”
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/31/as-a-1990s-teenager-the-world-gave-us-girl-power-and-pornification?

Tweet about the Guardian Jobs advert that specified “Good personality – able to deal with the male banter and be sociable but not distracting”
https://twitter.com/JossHannah/status/956173594102517760

These incredibly sexist ads just got an amazing makeover
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/artist-sexist-advertising-dv-violence-ads/?

5 conversations to have with your kids after “Wonder Woman”
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-kids-after-wonder-woman

How to Ride a Bike – interesting 37-minute podcast

Susan B. Anthony once called bicycles the ticket to "free, untrammelled womanhood" ... but can women really pedal their way to empowerment? Cristen and Caroline investigate the complicated history of bicycles and catcalling, and talk to a modern, badass bike messenger about out how to clap back at douchebags
https://www.unladylike.co/episodes/02rideabike
• FROM new series Unladylike https://www.unladylike.co/podcast/
• BY previous presenters of Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast – https://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ and discussed in this 36-minute podcast https://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/what-does-mean-unladylike-2018.htm

I don’t wear makeup for men. I wear makeup for my nana who said I look tired
http://reductress.com/post/i-dont-wear-makeup-for-men-i-wear-makeup-for-my-nana-who-said-i-look-tired/

Women are not happy about article criticising “sexy” yoga gear
https://www.refinery29.uk/2018/02/191187/yoga-pants-new-york-times?

Rereading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own in the #MeToo era
https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/1/25/16929590/virginia-woolf-136th-birthday-google-doodle-room-of-ones-own

The best signs from the Time’s Up women’s march in London – 21/1/18
http://mashable.com/2018/01/21/times-up-rally-london/#OkrhjnUczmqr

AND: • Thousands join Women’s March in London for gender equality – with 1-minute video
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/21/thousands-join-womens-march-in-london-for-gender-equality

AND: • Women’s March London: Crowds take to streets for Time’s Up rally against sexual harassment and gender inequality
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/womens-march-london-crowds-take-to-streets-for-times-up-rally-against-sexual-harassment-and-gender-a3745651.html

AND: • Time’s Up rally: Why thousands of women marched on London – in their words – includes 1.5-minute video
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/times-rally-thousands-women-marched-london-words/

Natalie Portman spoke about the rape fantasies she was subjected to aged 13 – includes powerful 4-minute video
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/4/Caroline-O-Donoghue-on-Natalie-Portman-rape-fantasy

AND: • Natalie Portman’s 2018 Women’s March speech told the revolting story of the sexism she faced as a 13-year-old actor
https://www.bustle.com/p/natalie-portmans-2018-womens-march-speech-told-the-revolting-story-of-the-sexism-she-faced-as-a-13-year-old-actor-7977572

Female traffic light signals a step-forward for equality – from 7/3/17
http://www.itv.com/news/2017-03-07/female-traffic-light-signals-a-step-forward-for-equality/

Make misogyny a hate crime and “upskirting” illegal, UK report recommends
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/23/make-misogyny-a-hate-and-upskirting-illegal-uk-report-recommends

Helen Mirren tells women: record “sleazebag” men on your iPhone
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/01/helen-mirren-tells-women-record-sleazebag-men-iphone/

The 100-year-old protest posters that show women’s outrage
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/in-pictures-42875095

Celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women – from UK Parliament
Today marks 100 years since some women were given the right to vote for the first time. Explore the votes for women campaign and women’s rights today with 10 free themed teaching resources for primary and secondary, including assembly and lesson plans, videos and interactive whiteboard slides

https://www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans?page=1&cat=votes-for-women

Meet the new suffragettes
http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/the-new-suffragettes

WE EXIST – 38-minute podcast
Hosted by Liv Little (producer, writer, editor) with Helen Pankhurst (who works for CRE International, is an international development and women's rights activist and the great-granddaughter of Emmeline, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst), Sophie Duker (stand-up comedian, founder, host of cult comedy night Wacky Racists and star of new feminist comedy pilot 'Riot Girls' on Channel 4) and Anita Anand (broadcaster and author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary)

What does resistance look like 100 years after the Suffragettes, and where do we go from here? Discussion of what the last 100 years has looked like for UK women, how to keep our resistance intersectional, and what resistance means in 2018 and beyond
https://audioboom.com/posts/6640791-centenary-episode

PAST EVENT #GirlsCount: ONE’s new campaign for girls’ education
130 million girls across the globe are denied an education. So we're asking the world to count them, one by one, to urge our political leaders to help get them into school

https://www.one.org/us/2017/03/05/girlscount/

AND: • Add your voice by recording one number up to 130 million
https://girlscount.one.org/

PAST EVENT #March4Women on Sunday 4 March in London
A march to celebrate International Women’s Day and 100 years since women in the UK first got the vote – followed by an inspirational rally at Trafalgar Square with music, poetry and speeches from some of the biggest names in women’s rights (from Sadiq Khan: I’m redoubling my efforts to fight for gender equality in London. Make your voice heard - join #March4Women, London’s biggest #WomensDay march and be part of a global movement)
https://www.careinternational.org.uk/march4women

 

 

MASCULINITY / MEN

The British Army’s belonging campaign finally recognises that masculinity has changed
https://theconversation.com/the-british-armys-belonging-campaign-finally-recognises-that-masculinity-has-changed-90259

Contemporary Fathers in the UK: our review of research on British dads – from 4/12/17 from the Fatherhood Institute (“The UK’s fatherhood think-and-do tank”)
In post-industrial economies, reconciling provisioning and daily care of one’s family is an important task for both men and women. The bulk of the “Cash or Carry?: Fathers combining work and care in the UK” report examines how contemporary British fathers manage such reconciliation, and the contexts (cultural, legislative, institutional, social and familial) framing their behaviour
http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/2017/contemporary-fathers-in-the-uk/

Our desire to rehabilitate men is classic “himpathy”
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/7/Rachael-Sigee-on-Himpathy

The #MeToo Moment: I’m a straight man. Now what?
https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/sample/gender-metoo-moment?

We need to talk about how toxic masculinity is killing America
https://www.refinery29.com/2018/02/191050/florida-parkland-school-shooting-toxic-masculinity

AND: • America’s gun violence problem is a symptom of toxic masculinity
https://www.them.us/story/beyond-gun-control-we-need-to-end-toxic-masculinity

What actually helps? – HeForShe event on 9 March – tickets £16.50
How can we engage a male audience to inspire a change of culture that can help bring attitudes towards women and gender equality into the 21st century? Join us as we discuss how men, women, businesses, organisations and those who find themselves in positions of power can help enable change by highlighting how we can break damaging behavioural habits and take steps to alter negative attitudes towards women. Featuring Robert Webb (comedian/author), Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party) Chi Onwurah MP (Labout Shadow Secretary for Industrial Strategy), David Brockway (Great Men Initiative)
https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/heforshe-what-actually-helps/

 

[See also CONSENT section for pieces on how men are approaching consent]

SEXUAL HARASSMENT / ABUSE

Sisters, this is our moment to say Time’s Up – Women in entertainment and activists speak out on sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse – long opinion-piece letters in the Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/18/sisters-this-is-our-moment-to-say-times-up

Domestic violence activists Sisters Uncut invade Baftas red carpet – includes 3-minute video of Bafta speeches referring to #MeToo
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/18/sisters-uncut-baftas-red-carpet-protest-theresa-may

Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show
https://www.ft.com/content/075d679e-0033-11e8-9650-9c0ad2d7c5b5

AND: • The Presidents Club: Hostesses “groped and propositioned” at prestigious male-only charity dinner in Mayfair hotel
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/hostesses-groped-and-propositioned-at-prestigious-maleonly-charity-dinner-in-mayfair-hotel-a3747891.html

AND: • Men-only clubs and menace: how the establishment maintains male power
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/25/men-only-clubs-and-menace-how-the-establishment-maintains-male-power

AND: • The Presidents Club scandal proves women are undeniably vulnerable in the workplace
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/4/Kat-lister-on-the-presidents-club-and-working-women?

AND: • The Presidents Club has gone. But the grim male fantasies live on
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/25/presidents-club-male-fantasies-rich-men

AND: • I hope the feminists are proud of themselves: the Presidents Club was clearly all part of a clever plan and now it's ruined
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/presidents-club-feminism-charity-fundraising-men-only-sex-sells-appeal-harassment-equality-a8177926.html

#MeToo can’t cover the bleak reality of the Oxfam sexual-abuse scandal
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/7/Gaby-Hinsliff-on-the-Oxfam-sexual-abuse-scandal-Haiti-Chad

AND: • Sexualised atmosphere among aid workers in Haiti disturbed me
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/feb/13/aid-worker-haiti-quake-debauchery-shocking

AND: • Oxfam scandal deepens with allegations of “sex for aid” and abuse in charity shops
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/12/oxfam-scandal-deepens-allegations-sex-aid-abuse-charity-shops/ 

AND: • Paying for sex is always an abuse of power
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/18e7a40a-134f-11e8-aa39-e7299ff3a5e8

Brendan Cox should say sorry and mean it, and then go away
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/brendan-cox-save-the-children_uk_5a8ae04fe4b00bc49f46c61f

CSE (child sexual exploitation) focus “diverts attention from other forms of abuse”, NSPCC warns
https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2004895/cse-focus-hindering-action-on-other-forms-of-abuse-nspcc-warns 

AND: • Do more to tackle family child sex abuse, NSPCC says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43048356

AND: • Child sex abuse in the family – 28-minute Eyes on Wales radio programme from 14/2/18
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r3zbl

French girl, 11, “not a child” say lawyers for man, 29, accused of sexual abuse
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/french-girl-11-not-a-child-say-lawyers-for-man-29-accused-of-sexual-abuse

Women break their silence over sexual harassment at Islam’s holiest site
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/saudi-arabia-hajj-mecca-sexual-harassment/

The weaponization of awkwardness – from 15/12/17
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/12/the-weaponization-of-awkwardness/548291/

The female price of male pleasure
http://theweek.com/articles/749978/female-price-male-pleasure – great quotes include: 

UK screen industries unite over eight rules to tackle harassment
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/14/uk-screen-industries-unite-over-eight-rules-to-tackle-harassment

One in five women have been sexually assaulted, survey finds
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/08/sexual-assault-women-crime-survey-england-wales-ons-police-figures 

How I found out my father was convicted of sexual assault
https://greatist.com/live/father-was-convicted-sexual-assault

Millennial feminists peddle myths about porn
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/millennial-feminists-peddle-myths-about-porn-7k3b250zd

Cambridge University received 173 anonymous reports of sexual misconduct in nine months
https://theconversation.com/cambridge-university-received-173-anonymous-reports-of-sexual-misconduct-in-nine-months-91162

Rose McGowan’s memoir, Brave, is an unprecedented expression of female rage
https://www.the-pool.com/arts-culture/books/2018/5/Rachael-Sigee-on-Rose-McGowan-book-Brave-female-anger?

The testimony from women abused by Larry Nassar is powerful and heartbreaking
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/4/Marisa-Bate-on-Larry-Nassar-and-Me-Too

AND: • Larry Nassar and the impulse to doubt female pain
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/01/larry-nassar-and-the-impulse-to-doubt-female-pain/551198/

AND: • The price I paid for taking on Larry Nassar
http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/the-price-i-paid-for-taking-on-larry-nassar-1.2166898

AND: • Victim impact statements against Larry Nassar: “I thought I was going to die”
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/24/victim-impact-statements-against-larry-nassar-i-thought-i-was-going-to-die

#MeToo Backlash | January 17, 2018 Act 1 | Full Frontal on TBS – 7-minute video of American comedian Samantha Bee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=425&v=II-OP6vdMs8

How should young women react as #MeToo moves into dating? Female writers discuss
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/17/young-women-react-metoo-dating-female-writers-discuss-panel-aziz-ansari-cat-person?

When you can’t throw all men into the ocean and start over, what CAN you do? – from 11/11/17
https://theestablishment.co/when-you-cant-throw-all-men-into-the-ocean-start-over-what-can-you-do-a9e48b040d08

Charlamagne finally realizes men have been raised on rape culture – 5-minute video from 10/11/17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GeeC2ibD6g

A harassed woman tweeting her story isn’t tantamount to a witch hunt
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/4/Sali-Hughes-on-Amna-Saleem-Not-All-Men-Me-Too

“Westminster says it wants to end sexual harassment – but it’s not doing enough”
https://www.stylist.co.uk/visible-women/sexual-harassment-westminster-uk-politics-sophie-walker-womens-equality-party/189219

 

 

CONSENT

More than half of MPs want sexual consent training
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/half-mps-want-sexual-consent-training-114555622.html

I’m a sexual consent educator. Here’s what’s missing in the Aziz Ansari conversation
https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/1/19/16907246/sexual-consent-educator-aziz-ansari

We urgently need to talk about the grey areas of bad sexual encounters
https://mashable.com/2018/01/24/grey-areas-conversation/?

The Aziz Ansari story is ordinary. That’s why we have to talk about it
https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/16/16894722/aziz-ansari-grace-babe-me-too

AND: • The poorly reported Aziz Ansari exposé was a missed opportunity
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/aziz-ansari-story-missed-opportunity

AND: • #MeToo doesn't lack nuance. Its critics do
http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-friedman-metoo-backlash-20180117-story.html

AND: • This is not a sex panic
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/this-is-not-a-sex-panic/550547/

Consensual sex is key to happiness and good health, science says
https://theconversation.com/consensual-sex-is-key-to-happiness-and-good-health-science-says-91384

The monster inside me – reflections by a man on the Aziz Ansari allegations
https://medium.com/@daindillingham/the-monster-inside-me-6c2c283cf928

AND: • In the midst of #MeToo, what type of man do you want to be?
https://theestablishment.co/in-the-midst-of-metoo-what-type-of-man-do-you-want-to-be-328634985fc5?subid=18547027&CMP=patriarchy

AND: • To raise a feminist son, talk to him about Aziz Ansari
https://theestablishment.co/to-raise-a-feminist-son-talk-to-him-about-aziz-ansari-1ae7fd41b074

AND: • I thought I was one of the good guys. Then I read the Aziz Ansari story
https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/1/24/16925444/aziz-ansari-me-too-feminism-consent

AND: • Why we should all keep talking about Aziz Ansari – by GQ’s Guyliner
http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/aziz-ansari-consent

AND: • Why men (should) care about the Ansari situation
https://medium.com/@tauriqmoosa/why-men-should-care-about-the-ansari-situation-9428682f5ed1

CONSENT – Project Pleasure with Frankie Wells and Anouszka Tate – from 13/11/17 – 1-hour programme from Roundhouse Radio
Frankie and Anouszka are putting a Spotlight On Sex, showcasing a spoken word piece about a harrowing sexual assault, hearing from three young women about when they feel their choice to consent has been taken away in Switching Positions, and asking how we can teach consent in A Good Debriefing with Sexpression:UK's Jenny Dhingra. Roundhouse Radio is a proving ground for a new generation of radio talent, all aged 11-25. We have over 30 shows from brilliant new music to experimental drama, spoken word, exclusive interviews and much more
https://www.mixcloud.com/roundhouseradio/project-pleasure-with-frankie-wells-and-anouszka-tate-13-november-2017/

When your crush wants too much – advice to young people on setting boundaries from Girlology / Guyology (American) “Honest parent-child conversations about puberty, emerging sexuality. Physician-led. Kid-powered. Cringe-free” – read about them here https://www.girlology.com/about

https://www.girlology.com/when-your-crush-wants-too-much?

 

 

PLEASURE / DESIRE

Tryst Network – Sex-positive resource encouraging open conversation and providing accurate and relevant information about sex, relationships and bodies – and out to improve the sexual health IQ of women and their partners using funny, provocative and empowering online content

Watch 3 brilliant, confident short videos starring Jessica Biel about sexual anatomy, self-exploration and pleasure

http://trystnetwork.org/

AND: • Jessica Biel And WCG Partner On The Tryst Network
https://www.looktothestars.org/news/17589-jessica-biel-and-wcg-partner-on-the-tryst-network

AND: • WCG founding CEO Saundra Pelletier and activist/actor Jessica Biel talk about their new collaboration and the importance of sex positivity
http://trystnetwork.org/meet-tryst/

AND: • The power of sex positivity
http://trystnetwork.org/what-is-sex-positivity/

Libido Liberation – 1 hour 20 minute Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast (American)

Women’s sex drives and expression shift in response to a wide range of factors. So when libido dips, why are we so quick to pathologize it? Cristen and Caroline talk with filmmaker Maria Finitzo about her latest project (The Dilemma of Desire – a look into female desire) and women having agency over their own bodies

https://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/libido-liberation.htm

Dark Fantasies Part 1 with Dr Ian Kerner – Dear Sugars podcast from the New York Times
Orgies. Sex in public. Incest. These are the things that some of us think about in the dark. Taboo sexual fantasies can be exciting, but they can also be the source of our deepest shame. Are they always born of trauma? The Sugars advise
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/podcasts/listen-to-dear-sugars-dark-fantasies-part-1-with-dr-ian-kerner.html

AND: • Dark Fantasies Part 2 with Dr Ian Kerner – Dear Sugars podcast from the New York Times
Where do our core erotic themes come from? And is it possible to escape their grip? What can you do if you’re disgusted by your own sexual fantasies? The Sugars advise
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/20/podcasts/listen-to-dear-sugars-dark-fantasies-part-2-with-dr-ian-kerner.html

Why do people have sex? – blog post from 11/8/17
http://www.bishuk.com/sex/why-do-people-have-sex/

My wife always climaxes during foreplay, leaving me feeling as if I am just servicing her – question sent to Sexual Healing advice column by Pamela Stephenson Connolly
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/22/wife-climaxes-foreplay-feeling-as-if-servicing-her

Why she’s faking an orgasm
https://melmagazine.com/why-shes-faking-an-orgasm-9bbfffb3ce2b

I want you but I’m triggered: finding pleasure when trauma and memory collide
https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/i-want-you-im-triggered/finding-pleasure-when-trauma-and-memory-collide?

Exploring sexual fulfilment with sex therapist Dr Hernando Chaves – 56-minute podcast on sexual gratification from 13/11/17 – the Smartest Person in the Room podcast (Ep 26 Mind-Body Series)
http://www.smartestpersonintheroom.com/show-notes/2017/11/12/ep-26-mindbody-series-exploring-your-sexuality-with-dr-hernando-chaves

MASTURBATION – Project Pleasure with Frankie Wells and Anouszka Tate – from 12/2/18 – 1-hour programme from Roundhouse Radio
Anouszka and Frankie get masturbation tips and tricks from superstar sex educator Alix Fox, as well as exploring sex toys for everyone regardless of gender or physical ability with inclusive sex toy shop The Pleasure Garden. We also ask – and get the answers to – all those embarrassing masturbation-related questions that you secretly want to know the answers to with our agony aunt Zoe Ligon. Plus with a little help from our guests we try to come up with a new word for masturbation. Roundhouse Radio is a proving ground for a new generation of radio talent, all aged 11-25. We have over 30 shows from brilliant new music to experimental drama, spoken word, exclusive interviews and much more
https://www.mixcloud.com/roundhouseradio/project-pleasure-with-frankie-wells-and-anouszka-tate-12-january-2018/

 

 

PORN

Pornhub 2017 Year in Review
https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2017-year-in-review

AND: • Pornhub 2017 Year in Review Insights Report reveals statistical proof we love porn
https://www.forbes.com/sites/curtissilver/2018/01/09/pornhub-2017-year-in-review-insights-report-reveals-statistical-proof-we-love-porn/#792508c824f5

AND: • What the latest data reveals about our passion for pornography – and its legality
https://theconversation.com/what-the-latest-data-reveals-about-our-passion-for-pornography-and-its-legality-87817

AND: • Pornhub releases United States top searches from coast to coast – image gallery with 99 infographic maps interactively illustrating traffic, terms and other categories by US state
http://nerdgeeks.co/porn-hub-us-map/pornhub-releases-united-states-top-searches-from-coast-to-coast

In 2018 porn is an industry: and it’s not sex that’s being sold, it’s abuse
https://medium.com/@tom_farr/in-2018-porn-is-an-industry-and-its-not-sex-that-s-being-sold-it-s-abuse-f1bfefdda520

What teenagers are learning from online porn
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/magazine/teenagers-learning-online-porn-literacy-sex-education.html?referer= 

AND: • Let’s ban porn
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/10/opinion/sunday/lets-ban-porn.html

AND: • Pupils analyse porn as part of their sex education
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/359fa5bc-0dcc-11e8-9ed2-93cf9d74a2fe

The XXX generation: how porn is hurting our kids
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-xxx-generation-how-porn-is-hurting-our-kids/article38007444/

Ann Summers can’t claim to empower women when it is teaming up with Pornhub
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2018/02/ann-summers-pornhub-sex-toys-women

Kansas resolution continues societal awakening about the negative impacts of pornography
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/kansas-resolution-harms-of-pornography

AND: • Press statement: Kansas State legislature passes resolution on public health harms of pornography
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/press-statement-kansas-state-legislature-passes-resolution-public-health-harms-pornography/

Fifty Shades Freed – blog posts from the organisation Fight The New Drug about how the Fifty Shades franchise normalizes abuse; the alarmingly similar ways porn and Fifty Shades romanticize abuse; There’s No Room for Fifty Shades in a #MeToo world; the connection between reading Fifty Shades and health risk in young adult females
https://fiftyshadesoflove.org/#learn

Three reasons why not watching porn is the most sex positive thing you can do
https://fightthenewdrug.org/3-reasons-why-not-watching-porn-is-the-most-sex-positive-thing-you-can-do/

AND: • 10 reminders that you deserve better than what porn offers
https://fightthenewdrug.org/reminders-you-deserve-better-than-porn/

Dirty Dozen List 2018 – 12 Leading Facilitators of Sexual Exploitation – includes past victories – from National Center On Sexual Exploitation (American) 

Since 2013 the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has published an annual Dirty Dozen List to name and shame the mainstream players – well-established brands, companies, and organizations – in America that perpetuate, profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation through pornography, prostitution, sexual objectification, sexual violence and/or sex trafficking

https://endsexualexploitation.org/dirtydozen-2018/

AND: • Gamers react to NCOSE’s fight against sexually exploitive video games
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/gamers-react-ncoses-fight-sexually-exploitive-video-games/

AND: • YouTube’s search autofill revealed shocking child sex results
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/youtubes-search-autofill-revealed-shocking-child-sex-results/

Deepfakes porn has serious consequences
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42912529

AND: • “Deepfake” face-swap porn videos banned by Pornhub and Twitter
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/07/twitter-pornhub-ban-deepfake-ai-face-swap-porn-videos-celebrities-gfycat-reddit?

Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell “regrets” Twitter blunder that linked to X-rated porn videos
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/theresa-mays-chief-of-staff-gavin-barwell-regrets-twitter-blunder-that-linked-to-x-rated-porn-videos_uk_5a8456d4e4b0ab6daf4511a4

Film review: Pornland: How The Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality – from Men and Masculinities Journal on 23/4/15

About the journal: Men and Masculinities (JMM) offers high-quality, interdisciplinary research in the emerging field of men and masculinities studies. JMM presents peer-reviewed empirical and theoretical scholarship grounded in the most current theoretical perspectives within gender studies, including feminism, queer theory and multiculturalism. Using diverse methodologies, JMM's articles explore the evolving roles and perceptions of men across society

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1097184X15583907

Mark Salling case demonstrates dangers of pornography addiction
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/press-statement-mark-salling-case-demonstrates-dangers-pornography-addiction/

AND: • Mark Salling Case: An opportunity to reflect on the harms of pornography
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/mark-salling-pornography-sexual-exploitation/

Culture Reframed Parents Program – from https://www.culturereframed.org/ Building young people’s resilience and resistance to porn culture while promoting their healthy development. This free online program provides culturally competent, research-driven, age-based educational videos, downloads and resource links for parents
https://www.culturereframed.org/parents-program/

AND: • My son turned 9 years old this week… – from 27/7/17
https://www.culturereframed.org/my-son-turned-9-years-old-week/

Shame, porn and perversion – on Erica Garza’s “Getting Off”
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/shame-porn-and-perversion-on-erica-garzas-getting-off/#!

BODY IMAGE / BODIES

In Her Own Words: Sports Illustrated models celebrate more than just their bodies
https://www.si.com/swim-daily/2018/02/10/her-own-words-longform-photos-essays AND: • Aly Raisman addresses the backlash over posing nude for Sports Illustrated Swim
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/14/us/aly-raisman-sports-illustrated-nude-words/index.html

AND: • Aly Raisman wears only her words in her latest Sports Illustrated shoot
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/14/us/aly-raisman-sports-illustrated-nude-words/index.html

AND: • Well, Sports Illustrated attempted a swimsuit issue for the #MeToo era
https://www.thecut.com/2018/02/sports-illustrated-swimsuit-issue-2018-metoo.html

Would you raise your kids in a naked house? Ben Fogle’s parenting splits opinion
http://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/relationships/parenting/ben-fogle-kids-naked-bathtime-sex-talk/

Twerking through trauma
For Kelechi Okafor, a twerk instructor in South London, twerking is a feminist movement and she is an unapologetic advocate of empowering women – 4-minute video
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-43035819/twerking-through-trauma

Why you should love your “saggy boobs”
Blogger Chidera Eggerue wants women to celebrate breasts – 2-minute video

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-43012404/why-you-should-love-your-saggy-boobs

Kim Kardashian has changed the face of beauty – and that’s not a good thing
https://www.the-pool.com/beauty/beauty-honestly/2018/4/Yomi-Adegoke-on-Kim-Kardashian-Beauty-Standard

How to get a yoga body with Jessamyn Stanley – 45-minute podcast from Unladylike (What Happen When Women Break the Rules?)
https://www.unladylike.co/episodes/03/yogabody

AND: • How Jessamyn Stanley fights being “deeply afraid of” her body – from 12/4/17
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/12/health/jessamyn-stanley-yoga-profile/index.html

Expanding our imagination: 9 novels that show fat people themselves
https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/bitchreads/best-novels-for-fat-girls?

My body used to be about crop tops and sex. Now, it’s about power
https://www.the-pool.com/health/fitness-honestly/2018/3/Marisa-Bate-on-looking-after-her-body-in-her-30s

Up to a million Britons use steroids for looks not sport
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/21/up-to-a-million-britons-use-steroids-for-looks-not-sport

The UK has an eating disorder epidemic. How do we stop it?
https://www.refinery29.uk/2018/02/190695/eating-disorders-nhs-hospital-surge

AND: • Eating disorders: NHS reports surge in hospital admissions
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/12/eating-disorders-nhs-reports-surge-in-hospital-admissions?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Body love: Rejecting fatphobia and gaining confidence – from Rookie (online magazine for teenage girls)
http://www.rookiemag.com/2018/01/body-love/

The truth about virginity – feminist 7-minute YouTube video by young science educator Matthew Shribman to: “1) combat ongoing injustice for women being ostracised from their communities; 2) ensure that victims of sexual abuse don’t have to suffer under the enormous weight of long-held untruths”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5bE117eGI

Already whole: how Hollywood’s biggest hits shut out disability
https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/disability-coco-star-wars-shape-water?

1000BodiesProject – from 2015
Imagine yourself in a photo studio, alone and naked with a black mask and a remote camera trigger. You get one shot. Do you dare?

1000BodiesProject is a nude art project about confidence, pushing boundaries, natural beauty and diversity. It is a dual project: the photo shoots themselves are performance pieces for those who participate, and the final product will be an exhibition and photo book.

What separates 1000BodiesProject from other nude projects is the sheer number of people involved, the fact that every photo is shot by the participants themselves, and the choice of anonymity.
http://1000bodiesproject.com/

“A visit from Aunt Flo” from HelloFlo shows the many reactions to your period – 2-minute video from 13/4/16
https://www.bustle.com/articles/154471-a-visit-from-aunt-flo-from-helloflo-shows-the-many-reactions-to-your-period-video

PERIODS – Project Pleasure with Frankie Wells and Anouszka Tate – from 11/12/17 – 1-hour programme from Roundhouse Radio
It’s that time of the month again …and it’s THAT time of the month as Anouszka and Frankie are talking periods! In this episode Project Pleasure explores why there’s so much shame and secrecy in imagery, arts and advertising of menstruation, as well as hearing from different women about their relationship with their own period. Plus, Frankie’s been keeping an audio diary of her first daunting experience of using a menstrual cup. Roundhouse Radio is a proving ground for a new generation of radio talent, all aged 11-25. We have over 30 shows from brilliant new music to experimental drama, spoken word, exclusive interviews and much more
https://www.mixcloud.com/roundhouseradio/project-pleasure-with-frankie-wells-and-anouszka-tate-11-december-2017/?

 

 

LGBT

Place rainbow flags in GP surgeries to encourage patients to “come out”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/place-rainbow-flags-gp-surgeries-encourage-patients-come/?

Barnardo’s anti-homophobic bullying programme celebrates success in LGBT History Month
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/news/Barnardo8217s-anti-homophobic-bullying-programme-celebrates-success-in-LGBT-History-Month/press_releases.htm?ref=128249

How I fight sexism and homophobia as a teen “Gender Ambassador”
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/ev577n/how-i-fight-sexism-homophobia-teen-gender-ambassador

7 steps to making your school more LGBTQ+ inclusive
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/7-steps-making-your-school-more-lgbtq-inclusive

Religious groups mount campaign against teaching about same-sex marriage
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/religious-groups-mount-campaign-against-teaching-about-same-sex

Lesbian couple to star in McCain TV ad after gay men faced abuse
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/feb/09/mccain-advert-modern-families-lesbian-couple

Gay couple who kissed during Valentine’s meal leave restaurant when owner tells them it is “family friendly”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gay-couple-restaurant-valentines-day-walk-out-leicester-family-a8218396.html

School textbooks will be updated to include same sex couples in their questions, Pearson says
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/02/01/school-textbooks-will-updated-include-sex-couples-textbooks/

Trans Identity ft. Steph Kyriacou | Voicebox | Childline – 6-minute video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a814YimVVg&feature=push-sd&attr_tag=_f5QycZtRKgKdirl-6

Marvel misses another easy opportunity for LGBTQ representation with Black Panther
https://io9.gizmodo.com/marvel-misses-another-easy-representation-opportunity-w-1822929417?

Rose McGowan breaks down when confronted about trans rights: “I didn’t agree to your cis f—ing world”
http://variety.com/2018/scene/vpage/rose-mcgowan-meltdown-barnes-and-noble-book-signing-1202684004/

AND: • Update: Rose McGowan got into a shouting match with a trans woman at a book event; cancels public appearances
http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/rose-mcgowan-got-into-a-shouting-match-with-a-trans-woman.html

SEXUALITY – Project Pleasure with Frankie Wells and Anouszka Tate – from 8/1/18 – 1-hour programme from Roundhouse Radio
In this episode Project Pleasure explores sexuality by hearing from a number of people who all identify differently in terms of their race, gender, and sexuality. They open up in Switching Positions to explain their relationships with their own bodies and sexuality, as well as with the world around them. We also chat to Milly Evans, a youth campaigner with Stonewall, about why it’s so vital that the new sex and relationships education curriculum is inclusive of LGBT relationships. Roundhouse Radio is a proving ground for a new generation of radio talent, all aged 11-25. We have over 30 shows from brilliant new music to experimental drama, spoken word, exclusive interviews and much more
https://www.mixcloud.com/roundhouseradio/project-pleasure-with-frankie-wells-and-anouszka-tate-5-january-2018/

PAST EVENT LGBT History Month – from 1 February
Theme – Geography: Mapping the World. We will be commemorating two rather sombre events; the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the 40th anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor. On a happier note, the rainbow flag was launched upon an unsuspecting public in 1978, although sadly its creator Gilbert Baker passed away last year. And 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sarah Waters’ classic Tipping the Velvet (see review below)
http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

AND: • “It was an electric time to be gay”: Sarah Waters on 20 years of Tipping the Velvet
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/20/sarah-waters-on-20-years-of-tipping-the-velvet

PAST EVENT In “Threesome,” three artists explore queerness and the female gaze – exhibition on at New Art Projects, 6D Sheep Lane, London E8 until 4 March

http://bust.com/feminism/194137-threesome-review.html

AND: • Threesome and 3x3 – Studio International
http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/threesome-3x3-review-new-art-projects-london

AND: • Threesome and 3x3 – All About Shipping
http://www.allaboutshipping.co.uk/2018/01/14/threesome-and-3x3/

PAST EVENT LGBT+ Objects
To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 2017, the Sex in History Project website is showcasing objects from across the country's collections, from an 11,000 year old sculpture (British Museum) to a drawing of a female pirate (Royal Greenwich Museums), together with free lesson ideas for using each object as the basis of LGBT+ focused discussions with young people
http://lgbthistory.exeter.ac.uk/

AND: • Rethinking Sexology – The cross-disciplinary invention of sexuality: sexual science beyond the medical, 1890-1940
http://rethinkingsexology.exeter.ac.uk/2017/03/lgbt-objects-website/

LGBT Awareness – from House of Commons on 29/1/18
Answers to:
What steps are being taken to ensure that all schools teach awareness of LGBT issues in an age-appropriate manner?

  1. With the change in leadership at the Department, does the news Secretary of State share the commitment of his predecessor that relationship and sex education lessons must be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive and reflect the needs of all young people?

  2. How will schools be assessed to ensure that they are providing LGBT-inclusive relationship and sex education lessons, and what benchmark will be used to measure this?

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-01-29b.530.2&s=Sex+and+Relationship+Education#g530.8

Petition – Provision of LGBT Inclusive Education in Schools in House of Commons – on 20/2/18
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-02-20b.131.0&s=Sex+and+Relationship+Education#g131.1

 

 

IDENTITY / DIVERSITY

Ministers too “politically correct” to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/14/ministers-politically-correct-enforce-hijab-policy-schools-former/

Black Panther deserves to be worshipped
https://themuse.jezebel.com/black-panther-deserves-to-be-worshipped-1823075594

AND: • The growth of Marvel’s universe through “Black Panther” is welcome
https://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2018/02/expanding-franchise?

AND: • In “Black Panther,” black women thrive
https://www.manrepeller.com/2018/02/black-panther-review.html?

AND: • How Black Panther is bringing Afrofuturism into the mainstream
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/437d9j/how-black-panther-is-bringing-afrofuturism-into-the-mainstream

AND: • 5 lessons from Black Panther that can save our lives and transform black politics
https://medium.com/@FrankLeonRoberts/5-lessons-from-black-panther-that-can-save-our-lives-and-transform-black-politics-d8f32d4caab3

AND: • What “Black Panther” means to black boys and black girls
https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-black-panther-means-to-black-boys-and-girls

AND: • Yet another reason why Shuri is the greatest Disney princess ever
https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/another-reason-why-shuri-is-the-greatest-disney-princes-1823136306?

AND: • The “Black Panther” cast participated in a Twitter Q&A
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-black-panther-cast-participated-in-a-twitter-qanda

AND: • 5 conversations to have with your kids after “Black Panther”
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-kids-after-black-panther?j=6196089&l=512_HTML&u=98163280&mid=7000332&jb=222&

After Black Panther, now is the time for a Storm movie
https://www.thedailybeast.com/after-black-panther-now-is-the-time-for-a-storm-movie

Afua Hirsch on race and identity in 2018
https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/afua-hirsch-on-race-and-identity-in-2018-a3748571.html?

Kids’ misuse of the term “racist" is dangerous – so let’s disrupt it – American article
https://theestablishment.co/kids-misuse-of-the-term-racist-is-dangerous-so-let-s-disrupt-it-95235fb9a5fe

Street style is killing itself with its narrow focus on thin white women
https://www.thecut.com/2018/02/street-style-is-killing-itself-focusing-on-thin-white-women.html

No invisibility cloak: white feminism won’t save Aziz Ansari from himself
https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/aziz-ansari-white-feminism-south-asian-women?

 

 

TEENAGERS / CHILDREN & MENTAL HEALTH

Facebook should identify children at risk of mental health problems, Jeremy Hunt says
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/12/facebook-should-identify-children-risk-mental-health-problems/

NSPCC Are you there? petition
The NSPCC has launched ‘Are you there?’ a campaign calling on the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to increase government funding for the Childline service so it can be there to support any child, at any time.
Source: NSPCC Are you there? petition Date: 26 January 2018

Amplified – an NHS England funded programme working to develop the participation of children, young people and their families at every level of the mental health system
https://youngminds.org.uk/what-we-do/our-projects/amplified/

OCD ft. Katie d’Ath | Voice Box | Childline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b8u3oqjOI4

Child mental health
The Guardian reports on findings from CHILDWISE’s Monitor Report 2018, examining children and young people’s media consumption, purchasing habits and social issues. Surveys were completed by 2,000 children aged 5-16 – responses from 9-to 16-year-olds show that: 79% felt stressed by schoolwork, 72% experienced feelings of worry or anxiety, 58% had fears they were not good enough and 57% felt they did not look good enough. The number of children worrying about war, terrorism and global events has increased, with one in three aged 9-16 more worried about conflict in the world than anything else

GUARDIAN PIECE • Number of children worrying about war and terror rises sharply https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/31/children-worrying-about-war-terror-rises-sharply-uk

AND: • New study reveals UK children’s growing anxiety about war and terrorism – press release
http://www.childwise.co.uk/uploads/3/1/6/5/31656353/childwise_press_release_-_mental_health_2018.pdf

FROM: • Childwise –  a leading specialist in research with children and young people
http://www.childwise.co.uk/

Duchess of Cambridge launches children’s mental health scheme at north London school
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/duchess-of-cambridge-to-launch-childrens-mental-health-scheme-at-north-london-school-a3746916.html

New survey shows half of all schoolchildren feel sad or anxious every week
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/news/press_releases.htm?ref=128176

Mental health problems in young people, aged 11 to 14: results from the first HeadStart annual survey of 30,000 children
Looks at the prevalence of mental health problems in young people and how this varies depending on demographic factors. Analyses data from the HeadStart programme, which was set up by the Big Lottery Fund to explore and test ways to improve the wellbeing of 10- to 16-year-olds. Findings from an annual survey of 30,843 children and young people in Years 7 and 9 in 114 schools include: children who were eligible for free school meals; had special educational needs; and/or were categorised as a “child in need” were more likely to experience emotional and/or behavioural mental health problems
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/evidence-based-practice-unit/sites/evidence-based-practice-unit/files/headstart_briefing_1_pdf.pdf

Politicians urged to involve children in developing mental health system
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/news/Politicians-urged-to-involve-children-in-developing-mental-health-system/press_releases.htm?ref=128242

Beyond Adversity: Addressing the mental health needs of young people who face complexity and adversity in their lives – from charity Young Minds
Half of all mental health issues begin before the age of 14. If they continue into adulthood, they can have a significant impact on physical and mental health. The new report suggests that there are fundamental misunderstandings about young peoples’ behaviour which means the problem is not being properly addressed
https://youngminds.org.uk/media/1241/report_-_beyond_adversity.pdf

Children as young as three are self-harming, say teachers
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/23/children-young-three-self-harm-mental-health

“We really wanted to be part of the solution rather than the problem” – Meet Vivien Jones, founder of Kookie, a new print magazine for tweenage girls
https://www.thefword.org.uk/2018/01/vivien_jones_kookie/

What recent steps has the Department for Education taken to ensure that information and support is provided on eating disorders for pupils in secondary schools? – asked in Parliament by Steve Double, Conservative, St Austell and Newquay
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-02-06.126946.h&s=%22sex+education%22#g126946.r0

Social Anxiety ft Khaled and Laura | Voicebox | Childline – 5-minute video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqDX9rntbQs

Coping With Stress series – a three-part series – read about it here: Childline

Part 1) Coping with Stress: Mindfulness  | Voicebox | Childline
Three-part series from Childline’s weekly video chat featuring Childline counsellor Raz talking about three mindfulness techniques to try when coping with stress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-DG2ZYEflA

Part 2) Coping with Stress: Grounding Yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgpWCf0HSFs

Part 3) Coping with Stress: Calming Exercises
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUNztDH7PSI

MindEd – a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults with advice written and quality assured by experts in child and adolescent mental health – funded by the Department of Health and Department for Education
https://www.minded.org.uk/

Young people’s wellbeing – findings from the Prince’s Trust annual Youth Index
Based on a survey of 2,194 young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK including: overall level of happiness and confidence young people feel is at the lowest since 2009; worries about body image affect more young women (60%) than young men (36%)
Source: The Prince’s Trust Further information: Youth index 2018 (PDF)

The wellbeing of 15-year-olds
Public Health England has published further analysis of the 2014 What About YOUth? (WAY) survey which examined the relationships between health behaviours and attitudes on the wellbeing of 15 year-olds. Findings include: young people who engaged in behaviour which might harm their health such as drinking and smoking, poor diet or little exercise, or who had negative feelings about their body size, and those with a disability, long-term illness or medical condition reported lower wellbeing; and young people who described their sexual orientation as gay, lesbian, bisexual or “other” were more likely to have lower wellbeing than those who declared themselves heterosexual
Source: Public Health England  Further information: The wellbeing of 15 year-olds: further analysis of the 2014 What About YOUth? Survey (PDF)

PAST EVENT Have your say on the government’s proposals
The Government has published a green paper laying out its plans for Children’s Mental Health Services. They are asking for your view… – closes on 2 March – advice from YoungMinds
https://youngminds.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/have-your-say-on-the-governments-proposals/

PAST EVENT Children’s Mental Health Week – Place2Be (5-11 February 2018)
https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

YoungMinds’ blog – in connection with Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018)
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/

FEATURING: • Why I speak about my mental health –  CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/why-i-speak-about-my-mental-health/

Mental Health First Aid

A free two-day course you are eligible to attend if you live, work, study or volunteer in either the London Borough of Camden or Islington.

Learn to recognise early signs of mental health problems and respond appropriately to assist people in your community, family or workplace. Gain practical skills to offer initial support to someone experiencing and mental health problem while keeping yourself safe. You will also be provided with local service. We also run one day Mental Health Awareness courses for public service workplaces – free in Islington and Camden for most non-mental health professional public facing staff. For details contact training@rethink.org

https://www.rethink.org/services-groups/mental-health-training/mental-health-first-aid-camden-and-islington

 

 

TECHNOLOGY & CHILDREN / YOUNG PEOPLE

Is social media causing childhood depression?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42705881

Child development experts urge Facebook to pull Messenger Kids app
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/30/messenger-kids-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-app-child-development-experts-

AND: • Sign the petition – Messenger Kids’ emojis, colorful stickers, and animations are designed to draw and hold children’s attention even if they’re tooo oung to type. Kids will want to stay on the app for its fun design, and because it’s where their friends are. But moving friendships online displaces the genuine interactions crucial for developing empathy and healthy relationships. And the app’s enticements will make it harder to set screen time limits, something more than half of parents already say is a “constant battle.”
Facebook asserts that Messenger Kids will provide a safe alternative for the kids who have been lying their way onto social media platforms designed for teens and adults. But the 11- and 12-year-olds already on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook won’t switch to an app clearly designed for young kids. Messenger Kids is not responding to a need. It’s creating one.
Please sign our petition and tell Mark Zuckerberg to wield his immense influence in a way that helps children thrive: no Facebook for five-year-olds! 

Setting boundaries for tech addicted kids (and parents)
https://www.netnanny.com/blog/setting-boundaries-for-tech-addicted-kids-and-parents/?

Digital media helps with parenting and brings families together
http://www.lse.ac.uk/News/Latest-news-from-LSE/2018/02-February-2018/Digital-media-helps-with-parenting-and-brings-families-together

AND: • Digital media and family life
The London School of Economics (LSE) has published a report looking at how parents and carers approach the task of bringing up their children in the digital age, and the risks or opportunities they see for the future. Findings from a survey of 2,032 parents of children and young people aged 0-17 in the UK show that: digital media brings families together through TV, movies and video games, and keeps them in touch through calls, emails, texts, messaging apps and video chat but that parents lack support for dealing with digital dilemmas

Report: “In the digital home, how do parents support their children and who supports them? Parenting for a Digital Future: Survey Report 1”
http://www.lse.ac.uk/media-and-communications/assets/documents/research/preparing-for-a-digital-future/P4DF-Survey-Report-1-In-the-digital-home.pdf

AND: • LSE Thinks | Sonia Livingstone – Parenting For A Digital Future – 3-minute video about findings from the Parenting for a Digital Future report
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdRcZIcRi9I&feature=youtu.be

AND: • Digital media can enhance family life, says LSE study
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/06/digital-media-can-enhance-family-life-says-lse-study

AND: • Making the internet safer for children: the global evidence
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/2018/02/09/making-the-internet-safer/

Vodafone Digital Life Skills workshop
https://parentzone.org.uk/Vodafone-digital-life-skills

AND: • Digital Life Skills quiz
http://www.vodafone.com/content/parenting-quiz/index.html

AND: • “Ordinary Magic for The Digital Age” – report on resilience from Parent Zone (“Making the Internet Work for Families”) with Vodafone
https://parentzone.org.uk/system/files/attachments/Parent%20Zone%20Ordinary%20Magic%20online%20resilience%20report_0.pdf

Digital knowledge and skills
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has published a framework for those working with children describing the digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. The framework covers: self-image and identity; online relationships; online bullying; managing online information; health wellbeing and lifestyle
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/683553/Education_for_a_connected_world_PDF.PDF

Snapchat’s newest feature is a location nightmare for parents
https://www.netnanny.com/blog/snapchats-newest-feature-is-a-location-nightmare-for-parents/?

How to watch TV with your kids
https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/how-to-figure-out-screen-time-with-your-kids.html?

Stop Speak Support – advice for children about online bullying
https://www.stopspeaksupport.com/

Government urged to tackle online grooming
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42855172

Online child sexual abuse images
Think-tank Demos has published a briefing looking at child sexual abuse images (CSAI) and their distribution and consumption online. Recommendations to government and social media organisations include: improving measurements of online CSAI; a greater focus on prevention; and including digital life skills as part of the PSHE curriculum
Source: Internet Watch Foundation news item Further information: Online child sexual abuse imagery: briefing (PDF)

Primary schools close the gap in online safety education: latest 360 report finds
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/primary-schools-close-gap-online-safety-education-latest-360-report-finds

More than 1,300 cases of sexual communication with a child recorded in 6 months after change in the law
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/more-than-1300-cases-sexual-communication-with-child-recorded-after-change-law/

NSPCC calls for mandatory social media code of practice
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/02/nspcc-mandatory-social-media-code-of-practice-uk

The more gender equality, the fewer women in STEM
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/the-more-gender-equality-the-fewer-women-in-stem/553592/

Smartphone addiction made me restless, anxious and muddled
https://www.the-pool.com/life/life-honestly/2018/5/Sali-Hughes-on-phone-addiction-and-mental-health?

PAST EVENT Invitation to participate in nationwide pupil online-safety survey
The NSPCC and the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) are running a pupil online safety survey, free to all UK primary and secondary schools closing on 28 February. Designed for pupils across Key Stages 2-4, it covers a range of online safety issues. Schools need to sign up in advance. Findings will improve our understanding of the risks children and young people face online as well as providing a better understanding of attitude and behavioural trends that will help inform policy and educational resources
Source: LGfL Nationwide pupil online-safety survey information page Further information: Sign up your school: pupil online-safety survey for safer internet day 2018

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