Sex Education

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 09.06.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 27.05.2014 | 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.

The Age of Consent - I Welcome Cross-Party Support to Keep It at 16

Simon Blake | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

I was very interested at the range of responses and I was particularly pleased that a cross-party consensus emerged from the debate to keep the age of consent at 16. That reflects the broad consensus that exists in the country: the age of consent is a good indicator of the age at which we think people will be mature enough to enjoy and take responsibility for their sexual decisions.

An Open Letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Natasha Devon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natasha Devon

Whilst I cannot condone the way in which your policies have in my opinion ostracised those young people whose talents fall outside the traditionally academic, I am actually writing to outline how our classes and other expertly delivered emotional education can and are assisting you in your agenda...

Is Section 28 Still In Force?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK

Dozens of British schools have been accused of having homophobic sex education policies in line with the notorious 'section 28' of years gone by. C...

Blood, Pads and Cups

Natasha Chowdory | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Chowdory

Having a period is an integral part of being a woman because it's intimately tied to our ability to reproduce. I have a cousin who didn't start her periods until she was 16 years old. Her mother thought she was 'damaged'. There is an awful inconvenience of having it happen but also the sense of relief that comes with having it (especially when you're waiting out a pregnancy scare).

Pornography, Young People, Safeguarding and Education

Simon Blake | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

This week David Cameron announced there will be new legislation making 'rape pornography' illegal. Beyond the accusations of censorship and an industry reluctant to engage, the realities are more subtle, the challenges more complex and the need for good education more acute.

Basically We Need Sex and Relationships Education Everywhere

Simon Blake | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

As you would expect there is a very wide range of different views about pornography and its impact on attitudes and behaviour. The evidence is in fact pretty unclear. It is crystal clear however is the back drop against which young people develop an understanding of sex and sexuality is changing dramatically in the digital age and access to pornography is getting easier.

Sex Education Should Cover the Sex Industry

Alice Rigby | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

Sex is often an instigating element of relationships and the pressure from peers to engage is outstanding. The psychological damage caused by the influence of sexual relationships founded without understanding their emotional implications can be monumental and, more importantly, can alter a teenager's interpretation of a healthy relationship forever.

Men's Health Week - Time for Men to Open Up About Sexual Health

Dr Tom Brett | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tom Brett

Being too embarrassed to come forward can be potentially very dangerous, particularly when it comes to sexual health. Public Health England* recently released its latest statistics on STI diagnoses rates, which were widely reported in the media. It illustrated that there is still a widespread problem of people having unsafe sex

Top Private School To 'Get Porn Star To Teach Sex Education'

PA | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The headmaster of a top private school has suggested he could invite a porn star to help teach sex education. Mark Slater, of The Leys in Cambridge...