Fifty Shades Darker Isn't Empowering, It's Abuse

Caitlin Roper | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Caitlin Roper

So what happens when a film series of this magnitude frames domestic abuse and male violence against women as sexy and desirable? What message does it send to women and girls, and also to men and boys? Who benefits from widespread acceptance of the belief women and girls secretly want and enjoy sexual violence?

Rape Survivor And Perpetrator Stand Side By Side On Stage To Deliver Powerful Message About Consent

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A rape survivor and the man who raped her stood side by side on stage to deliver a powerful message about consent. Thordis Elva was just 16 years old ...

Parliament Could Still Block Brexit

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Could Parliament still block Brexit? The answer is undoubtedly Yes. On 3 November 2016 the High Court decided that Theresa May needs Parliament's consent before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the EU.

Why Sex Ed Really Is Power

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

FCome has hit the nail on the head with their hashtag: sex education really is power. Meaningful, comprehensive SRE represents the power to reduce gender-based violence, discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender, and unhealthy sexual relationships. If only the Department of Education could be convinced that these are causes worth fighting for.

Servant Or Master? What Will Be Our Relationship With A Digital Economy

Simon Sapper | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Sapper

The impact of digitalisation and automation will be increasingly profound. Enthusiasts talk in terms of technology setting us free, but I understand the worries of those who reckon we will be subservient rather than superior.

The Hollyoaks Consent Storyline Is Uncomfortable Viewing - And Not Just For The Obvious Reason

Emily Jacob | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Emily Jacob

Nick raped Ellie. It is irrelevant that she kissed him, or invited him into her bedroom. She couldn't stand up, she was talking nonsense about pandas, she turned away from him. The next day, she couldn't remember what had happened. If someone is not enthusiastically demonstrating with their words, their body language, their actions, that they are consenting to sex, then they are not consenting to sex.

Hollyoaks Is Leading A Vital Discussion On Sexual Consent - But This Job Shouldn't Fall To Soaps

Rachel McGrath | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rachel McGrath

While there are a number of charities working to educate young people, no set place on the curriculum means education on consent is often patchy, at best. For many, this storyline could be one of the first times the topic is properly introduced, and it's fantastic that Hollyoaks are shining a light on it with their episode.

Closing The Gap Between University Consent Workshops And Sex Education In Schools

Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe

As long as schools prioritise their own academic reputation and continually dismiss sex education, university students will be left to patch up the systematic failings within two hour consent workshops, whilst young men and women will be left vulnerable, ill-equipped to deal with the joys and challenges of sex within the 21st century.

The Schools Consent Project

Emily McFadden | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Emily McFadden

I attended training recently with The Schools Consent Project. I'll be going into schools as a volunteer lawyer to present workshops on the issue of c...

Woman Schools Men In Sexual Consent With Analogy About Stealing Money

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In this day and age, it’s pretty sad that the issue of consent is still a grey area for some. But that’s the reality. According to Rape Crisis, ro...

We Need to Talk About Consent

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

Consent is as simple as saying yes or no. It doesn't matter if you are single, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you accept a drink, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you smile at someone, because that doesn't mean yes.

This Is Why Consent Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Consent: some might find it an easy concept to grasp, but sadly the same can’t be said for others. One young woman has shared an incredibly candid a...

10 Awful Sex Education Lessons That Will Make You Cringe

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

We all remember sex education in school being notoriously bad - embarrassing, public and only vaguely educational. A recent study of 16 to 24-year-ol...

Why We Must End the Silence on Sex and Relationships Education

Ian Green | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Ian Green

Without trusted information from schools, young people will turn to less reliable sources such as the internet or their peers as they navigate life outside the classroom. We must end this silence and make age-appropriate SRE mandatory in all schools if we are to tackle this safeguarding crisis. Young people have now told us loud and clear what kind of SRE they want. In our report, 99% of young people wanted SRE to be taught in all schools. 97% wanted it to be LGBT inclusive. The government must listen and act, and give our young people the tools to make positive and informed decisions, and to have healthy relationships, which they are ready for and want - wherever they go to school, and whatever their sexuality.

Why We Must Teach People Like Brock Turner About Consent

Joana Keys | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joana Keys

It was not all out in-your-face grabbing and groping. It was slow calculated grinding. His hips jutted forward, subtly enough that he could pretend to be balancing himself if I cried sexual assault.

Teaching Girls to Say No and Yes

Sarah Newton | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

We must teach our girls properly about how to love themselves, their bodies and what consent really means. We must talk to them about saying Yes as much as we talk to them about saying No and we must have conversations with them about being safe.

Bringing Up Boys: Five Tips Off the Top of My Head

Rachel Bell | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

Bringing Up Boys is the subject of a debate at Cheltenham Festival this Thursday 9 June and the brilliant campaigning organisation Let Toys Be Toys are on the panel. They asked their Twitter followers what is important about raising boys so, as a mother of two primary age boys and a campaigner on Challenging Gender Stereotypes, here's what I chimed in with.

When 'Yes' Equals Rape

Amber Amour | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Amour

Some argue, "learn how to speak up for yourself. Just say "no." But nos are often ignored and become impossible to say when someone feels like they have no choice. The CONTEXT in which consent is given is the most important part and needs to be taken seriously by us as individuals, by court officials & police, and by the whole of society.

Thirty-Five Wrong Ways to Ask for Sex

Amber Amour | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Amour

No one is entitled to your body and on the flipside, no one in the entire world owes you sex. If you get rejected, reply nobly with something like, "I respect that" or "that's cool". Suggest cuddling or doing a non-sexual activity that will make both of you feel comfortable.

Victoria Secrets Model Urges Young Fans To Stop Sexting

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

British model Leomie Anderson has written a heart-felt open letter to her young fans about consent and the power of saying "no". The 23-year-old Victo...

35 Sexy Ways to Ask for Consent

Amber Amour | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Amour

As a sexual educator, I get a lot of backlash when I comes to talking about consent (rape culture at its finest, #amirite?). Asking for consent is not only mandatory, but it can be a super sexy way to spice up your sex life, by actively asking for consent throughout all sexual activity.

Pop the Kettle On, It's Time for Sex

Emma Rehal-Wilde | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rehal-Wilde

The tea analogy doesn't cover all the things that make the debate around consent a very real one - power imbalances, age differences, capacity, whether someone genuinely believes there was consent. Reducing this heady cocktail of factors down to a simple cup of hot tea does a disservice to men and women who are genuinely confused about whether what happened to them was rape.

Sexual Violence - the Rite of Passage for Young Girls in the 21st Century?

Esther De La Ford | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Esther De La Ford

When you're a teenager and trying to fit in 'feminism' is almost like a dirty word, so if you're radical you label yourself a 'humanist' because while you don't really understand what feminism means, judging by the reaction of your peers it's not 'cool' and it certainly isn't sexy. Now at 21 years of age I couldn't find one female friend or family member who doesn't label themselves as a feminist, and most of the women in my life have been on the receiving end of some kind of sexual violence at one point or another.

Lack of Education Around Consent Culture Meant I Didn't Even Know I'd Been Sexually Assaulted

Amber Amour | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Amour

The more I learned about consent culture, the more I realized that I had been in many situations what were indeed sexual assault- without even knowing it. I always imagined rape to be a masked man jumping out of bushes attacking a female night runner. Never did I imagine it could happen to me by a friend, a family member, or a lesbian lover. Since I started #StopRapeEducate in 2014, thousands of beautiful souls that have reached out to me. Their survival stories have impacted my self-awareness and growth profoundly. When we share our experiences, we help others recognize what has happened to them so that they may move forward in healing.

This Dancing Vagina And Whistling Willy Want To Teach You About Consent

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

So, consent is pretty simple. But just in case you still didn't quite get what it was all about, a campaign called Project Consent made three videos o...