Sex Education

Farage Flustered Over Ukip's Sex Education Policy

PA | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip has insisted Nigel Farage "misspoke" after he appeared to disown the party's policy of banning sex education in primary schools. Mr Farage was as...

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Belittle School Sex Education

Suzi Godson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

If parents can't, or won't, respond to their children's perfectly natural curiosity about the human body and where babies come from, the responsibility falls on schools to provide answers to those questions.

Lena Dunham Did Not 'Sexually Abuse' Her Sister, Society Did

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

Lena Dunham stands accused of 'sexually abusing' her younger sister... at the time, Dunham was an inquisitive seven-year-old and her sister, Grace, was just a baby. They both defend the act as completely normal, which - as someone who was also a sexually-curious seven-year-old can attest - it is.

Young People Deserve Sex and Relationships Education

Polly Neate | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

Intimate partner violence is terrifyingly common among young people, and in society as a whole, with an average of two women a week killed by a partner or former partner in England and Wales. Yet it is denied, and victims are blamed and suffer an average of 35 violent incidents before seeking help. We are facing a tide of denial, ignorance and acceptance of behaviour which is simply unacceptable... Let's help today's young people to be the first generation to say "enough's enough". We must have compulsory sex and relationships education in all schools, now.

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.

Ladies Come First: A Guide to the Female Orgasm

The Huffington Post UK | Kristina Egan | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The founders of a luxury boudoir accessories brand are launching a "pleasure based" sex education campaign in a new bid to start the next revolution i...

Naked as the Day One Was Porn

Ash Halliburton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ash Halliburton

Yet, all these generations had something in common, a porn magazine was shared amongst friends, it was fun, exciting, nerve racking. Now accessibility is so extensive it's become the norm, and girls expect it, as they feel it is the norm too.

Sex on the Syllabus

Simon Cooke | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cooke

It's this younger generation that we're letting down by being prudish. Just like you and me, they are or may soon be having sex. We - their parents, teachers and health professionals - should be equipping them with the information and contraception they need to enjoy themselves safely.

Lib Dems Plan Sex Education For Seven-Year-Olds

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

The Liberal Democrats have called for a revamp of sex education saying all children in state-funded schools in England should receive "age-appropriate...

This Sex Book Was Banned In 1969, But It's Back With A Vengeance

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Although in 2014 sex education is far from perfect, it's undeniable that teaching youngsters about the birds and the bees has come a long way since th...

Did You Know That Sex and Relationship Education Is Not Compulsory?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Most don't. I'm not surprised as it seems a no brainer right? To tell kids age-appropriate information so they can prepare for certain life events in advance and handle them better. There's been a time for all of us looking back when we would think 'I wish I had known this or that before it happened'...

Blame the Victim, You'll Feel Better

Charlie Webster | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Webster

One of the reasons why there is difficulty in a public discussion and not an open forum about sexual assault is that those who have experienced it and are therefore credible to talk about don't because of the attitudes shown towards the victims. In fact only a small percentage actually report the crime for fear of not being believed. Why are there still these warped and very sad misconceptions of a crime so devastating? This societal view of victim blaming leads to further victim suffering, miscarriages of justice and a continuing risk to our loved ones. Why do we victim blame? Is it to protect our own vulnerability?

Sex Education Matters

Jack Fletcher | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

'You're so gay' used to be the worst thing to be called. Thankfully, a lot has changed since I was a kid at school. The acceptance of the gay community has greatly improved but using 'gay' as a slagging for someone still persists. Recently, I got asked if I was gay by a few different people and it got me thinking...

What Should We Be Teaching Our Children About Sex and Dating?

Brett Harding | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Do you remember sitting around the dinner table having "the talk" about the birds and bees with your parents? Or was it idle chatter in the playground when you discovered about sex? Then, as a teenager, who can possibly forget the crazy hormones, first crushes and first loves?

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Dismiss Casual Sex

Suzi Godson | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Here's 10 things 18-year-old Phin Lyman of Wellington College, Berkshire should have known before he 'outed' himself as a virgin in order to make a stand against the 'casual' way his generation treats sex...

Do our Kids Need 'Proceptive' Advice?

Mairi Macleod | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

Highly educated women do have a higher chance of not having a family. Childlessness is on the rise and has nearly doubled in the UK since the 90s, but given the extensive press coverage in recent times of high-profile or careerist women choosing to forego the child-rearing experience you could be forgiven for thinking that most of those without children are of the 'child-free by choice' variety.

Sex Education Is Failing Us - And Here's Why

Robyn Harris | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robyn Harris

Monogamous relationships. Casual relationships. Homosexual relationships. The ship has sailed, my friends, and it's about time the government caught up with our level of social advancement, and changed the course of sex education.

21st Century SRE - Time for a Party?

Simon Blake | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

t is clear that the consensus in support of SRE keeps on and on building, both across political parties, professional groups and the general public, but is it time to get out the party frock? Let's keep our fingers crossed, but my instinct is probably not just yet.

Why We Must Have Compulsory Sex Education for Our Boys and Girls

Diana Johnson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

The prevalence of violence against women and this latest research ought to shock us out of our complacency. We simply cannot go on shutting our eyes and hoping the problem will solve itself. As well as tackling violence when it occurs, we must seek to prevent it happening in the first place. Compulsory sex and relationship education in schools is key to this.

Teens Need a Sex Ed That Tackles Sexting and Porn - Explaining the Benefits, Not Just the Risks

Tilly Grove | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Grove

If the government is really committed to giving teens the SRE that they deserve, then it should recognise that this aspect of sex and relationships - the pleasurable part - is just as important as the potential dangers. There is nothing wrong with young people wanting to watch porn, wanting to sext, and wanting to have sex.

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Emily Hoyle | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

The constant bombardment of messages that disapprove female sexuality and jubilate male sexuality creates confusion about what sex and sexuality really mean. As author of 'The Lolita Effect' M G Durham, wrote "I despise the social double standards that celebrate boys' 'studliness' and condemn girls' desires."

Pushed Towards Porn?

Anastasia de Waal | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Anastasia de Waal

The relationship between sex and reproduction, and respect for one's body and for consent, cannot reasonably be considered contentious topics and therefore avoided. What is more, we're hearing from charities like TeenBoundaries, whose work strives to plug the current gaps in sex education, that a lack of basic information on sex is sending young people to pornography for the answers.

Altering the Age of Consent Will Change Little

Danielle Lowe | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Recently the debate about the age of consent has flared up in the United Kingdom again. Is 16 the right age or does it do harm to children and adults alike? An argument that I haven't seen raised very often, but one that I have believed in for a long time points out that the age of consent is a much more complex issue.

Let's Talk About Sex

Nash Riggins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nash Riggins

If there's anything worse than watching an out-of-touch politician squirm his or her way into a debate on sex, it's watching an entire gaggle of politicians squirm their way into a debate on our children having sex. Well, it's turning out to be that kind of week.

Who Says We Can't Be Sexy?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I have become a bit evangelical around issues of sex and disability. When I started my career as a TV presenter and journalist in the early 1990s I convinced Channel 4 to commission a documentary on the subject called Willing and Able, which I think explored many of the issues that Enhance The UK are still trying to confront over twenty years later.