Sex Education

Young People With Cancer Need Better Relationships and Sex Advice

Matt Whyman | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Whyman

Every day, six young people aged 16-24 receive the shocking news that they have cancer. Treatment usually starts immediately, can last for up to three years, and disrupts every area of their lives. Of course, this can include relationships and sex. And yet at such a formative time the issues that arise are not often openly discussed. Until now.

Why the 'Three Rs' Are Vital to Sex Education

Madelaine Ward | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Madelaine Ward

After almost 50 years in nursing, it still worries me that not enough emphasis is placed on the 'Three Rs' when it comes to sexual health education in Britain. It seems that we are so keen to teach our young people the mechanics of what is safe and what isn't, that we forget there is so much more they should, and indeed must, know.

Bystander Intervention in Rape Culture

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Fiona McPhillips

A video has emerged showing hundreds of people standing and watching while an incapacitated woman was gang raped on a beach in Florida during spring break celebrations last month. The police officer investigating the incident said the footage was the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen.

'Good Heavens' Watching Anne Robinson Watch Hardcore Porn

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK

No it’s not secret footage leaked in a cheap attempt to "ruin" her career, but this is acerbic journalist Anne Robinson watching hardcore porn for t...

LGBT Inclusive Sex Education in Schools: Why the Dispute?

Anna Tippett | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Parents
Anna Tippett

Gay people exist - young and old, male and female, rich and poor, black and white. So do gay parents and the straight parents and grandparents, siblings, aunties, uncles and cousins of gay children. Should we exclude all of them in the name of faiths that claim to be peaceful, non-judgemental, forgiving and supportive?

What Happens When Your Teenage Daughter Tells You She Has A Boyfriend

Amy Treasure | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

So she comes home from school and casually drops it into our 'how's your day gone' conversation. The conversation we have every day. Except this isn't about the funny thing that happened in maths or that she sang a solo in the choir. This is about a boy, 'the boy' the one she likes and I can tell she's smitten.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Joke About Masturbation

Suzi Godson | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Women are, and always have been, reluctant to masturbate. In fact, a wealth of research has consistently confirmed that masturbation is the biggest difference in sexual behavior between men and women.

Young Gay Men Are Let Down By the Education System

James Hanson | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Hanson

I strongly believe the education system fails young LGBTI+ people every day. We have won the battle of equal age of consent and equal marriage in the UK, the next fight is to make inclusive SRE compulsory in all schools.

Two Thirds Of Young Gay Men Don't Receive HIV Testing Advice - As Diagnoses Rates Double

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Three quarters of young men who are gay or bisexual don't receive any information about same-sex relationships at school, with two thirds going withou...

Being 'Normal': We Can't Avoid a Hetero-Normative Society, But We Can Help Make It Less So

David Mooney | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mooney

I shouldn't have to order my Valentine's Day card online to be able to customise it, so that it's not one of the thousands that says 'boyfriend' that features a girl giving a boy a bunch of flowers.

Louise Ridley

Could This Simple T-Shirt Be The Answer To Homophobic Bullying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK

"Your haircut is gay" may sound like a childish insult, but it can hurt. In British classrooms and playgrounds, young people are experiencing homo...

A Step Forward on Sex and Relationship Education Is Long Overdue

Caroline Lucas | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in schools have found themselves drowned out. But the debate is shifting because it's plain that a significant number of our kids are being let down. A step forward is long overdue. It's time to shake the sand from our ears, take a collective breath, and check our classroom compass. We must equip our kids them with the tools they need for life - keeping them ignorant puts them at risk. Our children deserve the very best education. And our teachers deserve the very best support in giving it to them.

There Are Shades Of Grey in Consent Too

Lucy Unwin | Posted 18.04.2015 | 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.

The Support for PSHE Education Behind the #PSHEpledge

Joe Hayman | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Joe Hayman

While the support for the campaign is growing, it is important to listen to those who are still concerned. During the Education Committee's inquiry, anxieties were expressed in relation to the subject and its potential impact on parental responsibility and faith communities: these are voices which should be heard and concerns which we should try to address.

Sex Education 'Should Be Compulsory For Primary Schools'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

The government has been been sharply criticised for a steep decline in standards of sex education by an influential Commons committee, which has recom...

Why The Daily Mail's 'Sex Lessons At 5' Story Really Misses The Point

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Gay rights campaigners have slammed the Daily Mail for reporting Labour's policy to tackle homophobic bullying in schools would lead to "sex lessons" ...

Willies, Bits, Boobs and Testi-Whats?!

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

When Anna was three I remember getting out of the shower as she opened the bathroom door and strolled in (privacy being something I lost in 2010). She looked at me and pointed. "Wow Daddy, that looks like one of the Muppets!" It took me a minute to realise that she was comparing me to Gonzo.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

Do You Find The Thought Of Elderly People Having Sex Gross?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This week the first major study of sexual health in the 'over 70s' found that our elderly counterparts are still very much enjoying an active sex life...

This Swedish Sex Education Song Is Strangely Mesmerising

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A sex education cartoon from a Swedish children's programme featuring dancing penises and vaginas has gone viral. Truly, the mind boggles. The v...

Blue Balls, Circumcision And Penis Anatomy Explained By Women

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to explaining a man's, urm, downstairs department, it can be a tricky process. Especially if you haven't got a meat and two veg yourself...

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 21.01.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 21.12.2014 | 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.