Reflections on a Teen Bra Twanger

Natasha Batsford | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I can see the children struggle with the idea even as I explain it to them: Usually it is a game of chase that has ended in tears because Esme has become bored but Alfie is determined to keep chasing her anyway.

There Are Shades Of Grey in Consent Too

Lucy Unwin | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Unwin

Perhaps we owe it to these teenagers to talk more openly and honestly about those many shades of grey they're discovering in sex, and how to bridge the difficult and confusing gap between their own desires and the clear-cut, oh-so-simple version of consent they're being presented.

Consent Workshops Need to be Mandatory at Universities

Zahra Wynne | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Here's the resounding message: 'Don't get raped!'. Why is there no talk telling people not to rape, and teaching them what constitutes rape? Considering that most victims of sexual assault are assaulted by somebody they know, the 'don't walk home alone' message is proving to be falling short in protecting students. We need something more.

First Time

Sally Fraser | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

Maybe I hadn't been the incredibly mature and sophisticated young woman who had attracted an older man. Maybe this wasn't a romantic tale of sexual awakening and empowerment at all. I started desperately trying to sort through my memories. Listening to his friend get angry with him and talking about statutory rape, and not knowing what that meant.

Students Heart Sexual Consent

Jack Fletcher | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

For too long has sexual harassment and violence plagued the University institutions in the UK. For too long have these everyday sexism issues gone on. For too long have Universities failed to do anything constructive and effective about the issues that they are very much aware of. There is now such a dire need to tackle them head-on that it has fallen to students themselves to try and stop this phenomenon of 'rape culture'. ..

Erection Neglect: Too Hard To Say No?

A.M.F. Winn | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
A.M.F. Winn

Many women I've spoken to say they've given hand jobs or blow jobs "to be polite". They did not feel that a man owed them the favour back if he had inadvertently made them wet. All of the men I questioned thought the idea of it being rude for a woman to neglect an erection was ridiculous..

Irish Psychiatry and Consent

Aaron Vallely | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

"I believe", Mary told me at her house in Cork, "the biggest issue around this is human rights. The human right to decide what you want to do for yourself. " Regarding Electroshock in Ireland, Mary told me that the capacity to consent is not there because there are two words planted around it, 'unable' and 'unwilling'.

We Need to Talk About Consent

Fran Hall | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fran Hall

Consent is a word we may think we have an understanding of, given its commonplace and importance in the law. But when it comes to sex and relationships we need to clarify and talk far more openly about it, particularly in schools, to help combat the widespread sexual violence against women; a problem that is reaching alarming levels.

Blurred Lines of Game of Thrones

Gemma Parry | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

The thing is, Jaime raping Cersei made absolutely no sense. This is the same Jaime Lannister who wanted to stop Aegon from raping Rhaella, the same guy who saved Brienne of Tarth from being raped and the very same man who was adamant that her would rather die than be raped. It just isn't something his character would do.

How to Not Get Distracted During the Great Privacy Debate

Andy Kahl | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

PRISM has brought the issue of privacy to the forefront of the news agenda, but is just one type of data sharing. Whenever you check an email, buy groceries, visit a cash machine, or watch a television show, data about you and your activities is collected for later use.

It's Time to Put Consent on the Curriculum - Why MPs Should Vote Yes on New Clause 20

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

On Monday, there will be a vote on an amendment to the Children & Families Bill to include Sex & Relationship Education in the national curriculum. If the amendment is carried, it will go into the bill. Why is it so important?

The S Word

Rebecca Allen | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Allen

Who remembers sex education at school? I do (it is permanently etched onto my frontal lobe). We were given a book in year eight with a well-thumbed page showing a cross section of sexual intercourse which looked more like a ham sandwich with legs than the beautiful act of love.

Jessica Elgot

'Is It Rape If He's My Boyfriend?' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK

Schools should be obliged by law to teach pupils about sexual consent and when 'no means no' in the wake of a torrent of news about child sex abuse, f...

Is This What Rape Culture Looks Like?

Alex Porter | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Porter

A consent culture, where both partners are encouraged to take an active role in their sex lives would lead not only to a reduction of the 'grey area', where rape can be most easily dismissed, but would also lead to more gratifying sex for both men and women.

How Bad Is the Sex Everyone's Having?

Kate Smurthwaite | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Politics
Kate Smurthwaite

The proverbial joy of sex must be about pleasing the other person and enjoying their response and enthusiasm for pleasing you. In that context there is no mystic hinterland of confusion about consent. It's obvious.

The Reality of Rape Law

Vera Baird QC | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

What has been discussed is some presumption of ongoing consent from earlier consensual sex but that is untenable since nobody can tell from a sleeping person whether they do or do not want to repeat the experience.

Rape Apology, the Student Movement and the Misunderstanding of Consent

Kelley Temple | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Kelley Temple

The vast amount of coverage over the Julian Assange case in the past couple weeks has definitely opened up a rather depressing can of worms and some worrying attitudes about sexism towards women. Whilst Assange denies any wrongdoing, some of his supporters' articulations are sheer rape apologism.

Care and Consent: Who Are NHS Organ Donation Nurses?

Graeme Keeton | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

The national consent rate for organ donation from the relatives of the terminally ill is around 60% and with three people in the United Kingdom dying every day because of lack of tissue and organs, it's up to specialist organ donation nurses to try and increase the numbers.

No, Sweden Doesn't Have Harsher Rape Laws Than The UK

Karin Wasteson | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK
Karin Wasteson

In the case of Julian Assange's alleged sexual misconduct, much emphasis has been put on the differing trans-cultural definitions of 'rape' between the UK and Sweden; with attempts at pointing out that 'rape' is defined more broadly in Sweden- implying that it is a country where minor offences, not widely considered a crime anywhere else, constitute rape.

There is Something About Munich

John Carr | Posted 31.03.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

John Naughton is a rare and exotic creature. Having just read his bio we seem to share an Irish heritage and as children we both encountered the Jesui...

What Next?

John Carr | Posted 28.02.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

About this time of year lots of technology pundits write columns about what they think is going to happen in the upcoming twelve months or so. I have ...

Lost in Translation

John Carr | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Tech
John Carr

Our new Prime Minister clearly has a passion for this subject. Not surprising. He is the father of three young children. Mr Cameron is committed to the idea of self-regulation. He was very clear about that but it was also fairly obvious, not that he is impatient, but that he is very keen to see things happen fast. The British Prime Minister will be running with this ball for some time to come.

Mr Yakomoto

John Carr | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK
John Carr

I know the way the internet is set up means it is very hard for anyone to get a grip but I refuse to believe we are all doomed to just tootle along to the point where on a weekday I have to get an eye transplant to go fishing instead of to the office.

Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones but Inaccurate Information Could Ruin my Life

John Carr | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK
John Carr

By all means use the internet as a source of seemingly positive information to give you a larger potential pool of applicants or members. However, as a source of negative information which you cannot or will not confirm or be able to check directly with the person concerned it should be a no no in all but the most obvious cases.